The Wapping Group of Artists - Est 1939

‘Trevor Chamberlain 70 years of painting!’

Trevor Chamberlain’s oils and watercolours will be featured in The Artist Magazine to celebrate

70 years of painting, written by Tony Frazer Price.

The article will appear in the January 2016 edition, available in mid – December.

Trevor is a well – established Wapping Group member having been elected in 1969, in the days

when all the docks were still active and the mighty Thames was a working waterway.

1. ‘Dusty Road, Ghanerao, India’ (oil)  On site painting depicting the bustle and activity of this dusty street, late one evening.

2. ‘Early morning, Euston Road’ (oil)  Painted on site one morning in Autumn, standing on a traffic island.



‘Exhibition of past WGA member Roy Glanville RBA RSMA’

An exhibition of oil paintings, gouaches & drawings by Roy Glanville RBA RSMA (1914 – 1965)

will be held at the Roland Goslet Gallery, 139 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2PN

from Saturday 21st November 2015 – Sunday 29th November 2015  11am – 7pm each day.

Images of the paintings can be viewed at

Working Vessel, the Thames

Exhibition at The Minster Gallery in Winchester

Most years we try and have an exhibition other than our annual show at the Mall. This year we are very pleased to be at the Minster Gallery in Winchester. The show runs until the 21st of November 2015 so plenty of time to see it if you are in the region.

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Our Annual Dinner at The Mall Galleries

Each year we join with guests for our annual dinner. As usual we were in the Mall Galleries appropriately surrounded by this year’s RSMA show. No more description is needed except a picture to set the scene as our President Robin Mackervoy stands to deliver a few words!

Annual dinner

‘A selection of photo’s of the group on location this season’


John Stillman

John Stillman painting at Brenford Lock.

Karl Terry Strand-on-the-Green

A very strange sight indeed to be seen at Strand-on-the-Green, Karl Terry in his all-in-one wet weather gear! The wettest day of the season!


Derek Daniells, John Killens and Karl Terry enjoying some wonderful summer light.

David Penny

David Penny taking on Greenwich.


And after a hard day’s painting some of the group enjoying a well-deserved drink!

Paul Banning

Paul Banning


Roger Dellar and John Killens at Tollesbury.

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Our President Robin Mackervoy painting in comfort.

Robin Mackervoy

Robin Mackervoy arriving at Putney.

J.Stillman, K.Terry at Rye

John Stillman and Karl Terry painting between showers at Rye.

A Visit to France

Each year Wapper Michael Richardson and his partner Kate have organised a painting trip to France in which members are joined by friends for a holiday where painting takes precedence. This year we were in St Malo, Le Croisic and finally in Honfleur. With the sun under the command of weather maestro Trevor Chamberlain we had 10 days of wonderful light and varied subjects.

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Karl Terry on the right braves the full sun in St Nazaire, a fascinating working port where huge ships are built.

Wapping Group, France, painting, Trevor Chamberlain


Trevor Chamberlain finds a shady spot to paint the wonderful walled town of Guérande.

The Painting Season starts with the Whitebait Supper

Every year we start and finish the painting season with the traditional Whitebait Supper. This year in the Cutty Sark pub in Greenwich we were treated with glorious views across the Thames in beautiful evening light. Here you see the members catching up after the winter break!

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Record picture sales for The Wapping Group at The Mall Galleries

The 69th Annual Exhibition of paintings by the Wapping Group, which closed last Saturday, has been very successful indeed. The Private View on Sunday February 15th was extremely busy and at the end of just that first afternoon 21 paintings had been sold. In each of the six days that followed there were between 200 and 300 visitors to the North Gallery, and the show finished with the sale of 39 paintings and 3 original prints (by John Bryce). The group have been exhibiting at the Mall Galleries since 2005 and have always sold a good number of paintings but this is a record.

There were plenty of very positive comments, from our long-standing supporters and also from first-time visitors to the show: the exhibition was ‘fantastic as always’, ‘wonderfully diverse’, and ‘brimming with personality’. The paintings were ‘inspiring’, and showed ‘the Thames in all its glory’; newcomers were very impressed: ‘this is the first time I have visited, and will certainly come again!’

The fine selection of around a thousand greetings cards that were on offer were also eagerly snapped up, and virtually sold out.

All in all, a wonderful response to a show that the group members and fellow painters felt had reached a new standard for its range of subject matter and for the artistic skill shown in watercolour, oils and pastels.

If you missed the show this time please add your name to the mailing list for future exhibitions.

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Some early visitors to the Private View, which was shortly afterwards very busy indeed.


The Wapping Group and friends featured in the local French press as they paint in Amboise

Under the heading ‘Des peintres anglais dans la ville’, the presence of the Wapping Group and friends aroused plenty of interest in the beautiful French town of Amboise. The ‘Nouvelle République’ for June 18th explained that ‘ils ont traversé la Manche pour peindre Amboise’ and that the Wapping Group is ‘une des plus anciennes sociétés de peintres de plein air d’Angleterre’, and advised local people to ‘ouvrir l’oeil’. This is certainly what happened; locals kept their eyes peeled and showed plenty of interest in the work that the group produced. The photo, taken by Rob Adams, illustrates this well.

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50 new paintings on the website

There are now another fifty paintings by the Wapping Group on this website. There are some paintings by new member, Rob Adams, another round of Gallery images has been added, and the Features section covers the letter B in the Alphabet of WGA painting venues by contrasting Brentford and Battlesbridge. We hope that you enjoy looking at our paintings