In 1925, the gallery had another success with the first solo exhibition in Britain of Paul Cézanne’s works (395). Despite being championed by Roger Fry and Clive Bell and being popular in Europe, his work had not been bought by many English collectors or museums, and it was difficult to gather work together for the exhibition. However, loans were secured from Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and Samuel Courtauld among others and the resulting exhibition consisted of thirty-one drawings, watercolours, and paintings. It was extensively and very positively reviewed in the press, the galleries were packed and Porter states that newspapers noted that pictures that sold for 800 francs in 1906 had already become worth between £5,000 and £15,000. He also states that the view of Cézanne had changed to the extent that “the ‘Daily Chronicle’ noted that whereas 14 years before Cézanne’s pictures had been ‘greeted as outrageous and dismal jokes’, they were now ‘classical art’”.
The exhibition was accompanied by a twenty-page catalogue with a Prefatory Note by Robert Rattray Tatlock, editor of The Burlington Magazine; an essay and biography of the artist; a portrait frontispiece, illustrations, and plates.