John Moores 2, 1959

John Moores 2, 1959

  • Introduction of a French section for artists from the 'Ecole de Paris'
  • Introduction of a separate prize for British sculpture
  • Abolition of the Junior section: "Younger artists stood in no need of protection from the competition of their elders."
  • Two juries instead of one (the second, selecting the main prize, comprised of Prof G. C. Argan, Professor of Art History,
    University of Rome; Prof A.M.W.H. Hammacher, Director, Rijksmuseum Kröller- Müller, Otterlo; Prof Kurt Martin, Director
    General, Bayerisches Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich).
  • Their selection was made from 'the best' 25 British paintings (inc prizewinners) selected by the main jury and the submitted French paintings, but excluding the 'Hors concours'.
  • Purchase prizes abolished and £1,000 set aside for purchase as distinct from prizes
  • Invited artists included William Scott, Carel Weight, Anne Redpath; Hors concours included Barbara Hepworth and
    Henry Moore

Selected by:

  • Eric Newton (Chair)
  • Alan Bowness
  • André Chastel
  • Hugh Scrutton
  • Gabriel White


Conditions of entry:

British artists: oil and tempera paintings and sculpture; each artist could submit one work, preferably new. French artists: no sculpture; otherwise as British, plus size restriction for transport.
Invited artists' section (not subject to Selection Committee, but still eligible for prizes) 'Hors concours' section (invited but neither
subject to Selection Committee, nor eligible for prizes): "Artists whose distinction is such that they may be said to be above the battle."

Number of entries
1,807

Number of exhibits 157

Prizewinners:

Main prize:
Patrick Heron £1,000
British painters' section:
William Scott 1st prize £500
Peter Lanyon 2nd prize £400
Robin Philipson and Ceri Richards 3rd prize £300

Prizes of £100:
Roger Hilton
Anne Redpath

British sculptors' section:
Hubert Dalwood 1st prize £500
Ralph Brown 2nd prize £250

French Painters' section:
Paul Rebeyrolle 1st prize £500
François Arnal 2nd prize £250