Exhibitions Chronology

This list of exhibitions at which work by Edwin Smith was shown is by no means complete, and doubtless contains some inaccuracies. Even Olive Cook, with her remarkable memory, was not able to provide a complete list.

The compilation has been drawn from many sources; much is from my own collection of catalogues, press releases, private view cards, notes, etc. The dates in bold represent solo exhibitions; the others were group shows that included Edwin’s work. Recent research carried out by myself and Brian Human of the Olive Cook papers held at Newnham College library, Cambridge, has shed some new light on dates and locations of exhibitions.

Date Location
Title or Event
Work Included
1944 The Berkeley Galleries, London Cats & Women Paintings
1970 Joshua Taylor, Cambridge Cambridge Festival Photographs
1973 Aldeburgh Aldeburgh Festival Photographs
1974 Joshua Taylor (?), Cambridge Cambridge Festival Photographs
1974 House Gallery Yearly, to 1981 or 82 Photographs & Paintings
1974 The Minories, Colchester Aspects of the Art of Edwin Smith All Media
1975 Fermoy Art Gallery Kings Lynn Festival Photographs & Paintings
1976 Harlow Playhouse details not known Photographs
1977 RIBA (or 1979?) Vernacular Architecture Photographs
1978 Manchester University details not known Photographs
1979 Midland Group Gallery details not known Photographs
1980 Side Gallery, Newcastle Fishing & Mining Photographs
1980 Joshua Taylor, Cambridge details not known Photographs
1980 Arts Council, Touring Modern British Photography Photographs
1982 Joshua Taylor, Cambridge details not known Photographs
1982 Arts Council, Touring Coal Photographs
1983 Impressions, York Record & Revelation Photographs
1984 Victoria & Albert Museum Edwin Smith – Photographs Photographs & Drawings
1984 RIBA English Gardens Photographs
1985 Church St. Gallery, Saffron Walden details not known Watercolours
1985 RIBA Visions of Eden Photographs
1987 ? Clare College, Cambridge details not known Photographs ?
1987 The Barbican Art Gallery A Paradise Lost Photographs & Paintings
1987 University of Sussex, Brighton details not known Photographs
1988 ? Saffron Walden Museum Record & Revelation (reduced) Photographs
1990 Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury The Spirit of East Anglia Photographs
1990 Zelda Cheatle Gallery Views of the Land (Group Show) Photographs
1991 Hayward Gallery, London Flora Photographica Photographs
1991 Zelda Cheatle Gallery Edwin Smith Photographs
1992 Fry Art Gallery Edwin Smith (1912-1971) Paintings & Drawings
1993 Sally Hunter Fine Art Edwin Smith Paintings & Drawings
1994 Old Fire Engine House, Ely (jointly with Olive Cook) Paintings
1995 Clare College, Cambridge The Inward Eye Paintings & Drawings
1995 Sally Hunter Gallery details not known Paintings
1995 Cambridge Architecture Gallery Urban Images Photographs
1997 Fry Art Gallery As We Were Photographs
2002 Victoria & Albert Museum Seeing Things: Photographing Objects at the V & A Photograph
Date unknown Bradford – NMFPT This Other Eden Photographs
Date unknown Brighton Festival details not known Photographs
Date unknown Hayward Gallery English Landscape Photographs


If you are able to correct any errors or fill any gaps, please contact me.

Roy Hammans 2012