A selection of works of one of the most influential art collectors of recent times are set to be offered at auction.

The private collection of Marion Richardson, pioneer of the child art movement, will be auctioned by leading UK art auctioneer Dreweatts on Wednesday, March 13.

This marks the first time these works have been made available for purchase.



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The collection includes pieces by Richardson herself and her close friend British artist and critic Roger Fry.

Having met in 1917, their relationship endured and contributed significantly to Richardson's public recognition.

Works by the British School and renowned artist Graham Sutherland are also part of the collection.

A native of the West Midlands, Richardson broke from tradition in her approach to teaching art at Dudley Girls High School, initiating a focus on self-expression.

Richardson's innovative ideas, particularly regarding children’s visual perception, led to greater public acknowledgement.

An exhibition she organised in 1923 featuring the art of her pupils garnered widespread attention, culminating in a nomination for Vogue's 'Hall of Fame' in January 1924.

A book titled Writing and Writing Patterns further enhanced her legacy, aiming to inspire children to develop their own writing styles.

Used in UK schools until the 1980s, its emphasis was on natural movements and patterns that empowered them to create their very own style.

Richardson’s personal art collection was passed down and will be on the block for the first time.

Francesca Whitham, picture specialist in Dreweatts' modern and contemporary art department, said: "This is a beautiful collection of works by both Roger Fry and Marion Richardson, which tells a story about a friendship that was formed around the shared beliefs in the importance of art education."

Among the works are a self-portrait of Richardson and a portrait of her mother, set to fetch £300-£500 and £150-£200 respectively.