SIDNEY GRAVETT

Cliff Fall Painting

By Carol Walton

Does anyone know anything about this painting?  The name at the bottom seems to be S A Gravett?

Carol, it looks like one of the paintings which used to be displayed above the seats in the railway carriages just after the war. I have a large collection however I cannot find the name Gravett among them. It is also similar to the "local" paintings of Ravilous who painted many such scene around Sussex.

Richard

Photo:Cliff Fall, West Beach

Cliff Fall, West Beach

This page was added by Carol Walton on 28/06/2012.
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I also have a painting signed by the same man S.A. Gravett. Does any one know who he is? Many thanks, Ross.

By the way it's a country scene.

By Ross Dyton
On 30/03/2013

Hi Ross I am not sure as it is quite a few years ago, but my Mum had a friend who lived in Newhaven and her father was a local artists and the name rings a bell. I was born in Newhaven and went to Tideway, worked in Hove as a hairdresser and now live in Yorkshire.

By Margaret Hibling
On 06/04/2013

This painting is indeed by Sidney Gravett. When I was a child he was our next door neighbour in Fort Road. My parents asked him to paint three scenes of Newhaven, one of the North Quay from the swing bridge, one of St Lukes Lane looking towards the High Street and one of Sussex Lodge. I still have all of these pictures, together with another he painted at Southease.

By Tony Bannister
On 27/07/2013

Hi Margaret - the above picture belonged to my mother, and her mother was a Hibling. It looks like there may be some connection.

By Carol Walton
On 28/07/2013

As a footnote, Sidney Gravett was one of two celebrated water colour artists who were active in the Newhaven area in the post war period. The other, and probably better known, was George Sims, who lived on Mount Pleasant, I believe. However, I always preferred Gravett's freer style. He told me once he liked to paint on the back of wallpaper because he liked the texture! He usually painted on location, as I recall, and was often seen riding off on his bicycle to paint, with his easel, brushes and paints strapped on the back. It would be interesting, but probably very difficult, to gather together some of the surviving works by Sims and Gravett and have an exhibition. Historically just as valuable as photographs, and in some ways rather nicer......

By Tony Bannister
On 29/07/2013

Sidney Gravett was the father of Daphne Brightwell (formerly Brightwell Dispenseries) His Grandchilren, Geoff and Elizabeth used to affectionatley refer to him as "Mad Grandad." I'm not sure why!

By Helen Wagstaff
On 30/07/2013

I have two paintings by George Sims, an oil and a water colour. I have been talking about him to his old neighbour Brenda Hall. Maybe I can take a photo of them and put them on the site, will see what I can do.

By Terry Howard
On 02/08/2013

I have just come across this two years after your online conversation. Sydney Gravett was my father!  (He HATED anyone spelling it with an i). We left Newhaven and Brightwell Dispensers - my husband's business in Railway Road - in 1973 and moved to Somerset.  My dad died in 1970 I think but I'm 90 next month so don't remember the exact date!  He had several exhibitions in Newhaven with the local art group and George Sims was a friend of his. My dad's paintings were certainly never used on the railways - he never achieved that sort of fame!! He was quite prolific and sold a lot of paintings having come from a family of painters.  My brother Guy became the official artist and photographer at Glyndebourne and I paint flowers in watercolour. If anyone would like to contact me I'd love to hear from you.  I still have several of my dad's paintings.  Daphne Brightwell

By Daphne Brightwell
On 17/10/2015

I remember Mr Gravett and you Daphne. We lived in the flat above you in Rosewalk Close. I remember your father painting two lovely pictures on the walls of one of the rooms in your flat. My maiden name is Tarrant and I had a brother Martyn.

By Pauline Colwell
On 25/10/2015

Pauline, I remember my mother used to take my brother and I to visit your mother in Rose Walk Close.  She is Peggy Eager and is now 95.

By Carol Walton
On 05/11/2015

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