About Staithes Group Art Specialists, T.B. & R. Jordan
We're Tom and Rosamund Jordan, leading specialists in the Staithes Group of painters for 40 years. We believe that this still neglected Group needs to be written into the history of British and World art and Rosamund is nearing the completion of her book which will define and re-assess the artists and their work. These Yorkshire Impressionist painters worked in and around the fishing village of Staithes from around 1883 when the Railway first came to the village. With it came artists, many of whom trained in Paris and Antwerp at the height of the Impressionist movement. They brought with them flat-tipped brushes and a plein air techniques of the movement to which they added the substance of social realism. They exhibited in major public galleries world-wide and their works are still held by many of these establishments.
We have selling exhibitions of around 200 of our pictures twice a year at the Pavilions of Harrogate on the Yorkshire Showground and a smaller one each year at the Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby alongside the only comprehensive public collection of Staithes Group paintings in the world.
We have the largest collection of works by the Staithes Group on the market with, at present, around 120 in stock. We never pretend that pictures which we are offering for sale, from our home or from an exhibition, are our own 'collection'. We make a clear distinction between our stock and our private collection, which is always quite separate from pictures which we offer for sale as picture dealers. You may have seen Rosamund with Staithes Group pictures on Countryfile, all of which were from our past or present stock. She is sole author of the 2003 Staithes group Centenary catalogue, detailing 34 Staithes Group and Staithes Art Club artists.
We have chosen to spend our lives in the North East of England and divide our time between our house on the banks of the River Tees and our cottage by the sea in Staithes. We have always specialised in the work of Northern Impressionist artists who painted in the area a century ago, especially that of the Staithes Group (sometimes referred to as the Staithes School) and Impressionist members of Northumberland's Cullercoats Colony. American collectors mjght be interested in checking out the Winslow Homer connection.
A more recent interest is the work of mining artists. These are miners who drew and studied part time while working underground and (in many cases during the aftermath of the Miners Strike) became full time professional artists. What separates them from most Social Realists is that they are Primary Source artists, painting from first hand experience a life they knew intimately and had experienced directly and emotionally. We believe the late Tom McGuinness is one of the best of these 'Pitmen Painters'. This is another group which is beginning to have its true place in British art recognised. Billy Elliot fans please check out our Mining Art section to experience life in the colliery villages of County Durham. There is an exhibition of their work at the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle at present. We always have a large number of their works in stock to sell by appointment and at our Harrogate and Whitby exhibitions.
Fine quality pictures have a lot of advantages over ISAs at the moment: you'll have something you can enjoy, be proud of and pass on to future generations regardless of fluctuations in value. Increasing inflation is making them a better option than ever.
Our aim is to use our expertise to select the best works within our price range,both from those which appear on the open market and those offered to us privately. This allows us to present both private and corporate clients with an exceptionally wide choice of pictures from within our narrow specialisms give an added guarantee of quality through our long-standing membership of LAPADA.
We work from our home near Yarm by appointment, hold one day exhibitions in Staithes and stage longer exhibitions in Harrogate and Whitby. We encourage collectors to visit the area which so attracted these great artists and experience its appeal for themselves. With this in mind we also run study days in Staithes itself and are prepared to lecture or arrange study days on the Group out of the area. Rosamund was on the NADFAS list of lecturers until ill health sadly prevented her from continuing.
We strongly urge anyone interested in Impressionist art - regardless of their location - to look at these pictures as they still represent amazing value for their quality.