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Art in Mayfair 2024

Bespoke tailor and shirt-maker Dege & Skinner has been actively supporting Art in Mayfair since its inception seven years ago.

June 10 - July 7

Timed to coincide with the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Art In Mayfair brings together this thriving art and fashion community, which includes London’s prestigious Savile Row, home to the finest tailoring for men for more than a century and counting.

Previous artists displayed by Dege & Skinner include Ray Richardson, who has been described as the ‘Martin Scorsese of painting’ by Lindsay Macrae for GQ magazine (


As well as artist and former Royal Marine Richard Rochester, who displayed ‘In Parenthesis’ (2011).

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David Jones

The 6ft installation features a WW1 military stretcher with plaster of Paris moths adorning it. Plaster of Paris was traditionally used by both artists and medics.

It's a reflective piece as Richard approached the end of his military career. The title is borrowed from David Jones’ haunting and epic prose-poem based on his experiences in the First World War.

In Parenthesis 2023

This year on display in the shop window at 10 Savile Row will be the work of W.G.Skinner, grandfather to the current Dege & Skinner Chairman, Michael Skinner. The work has been in the Skinner family since it was created at the start of the last century.


W.G.Skinner’s work, titled ‘Tim’, was painted in 1903 and depicts a three year old child, who is in fact the grandfather of the current Managing Director of Dege & Skinner, who is also called William.G.Skinner.

RA Archivist Mark Pomeroy researched the catalogue for the Royal Academy’s 1911 exhibition, confirming that ‘Tim’ was indeed hung in the “Watercolour Room” of the RA, now called the Large Weston Room. He also confirmed that the painting was not for sale at the time.

A total of 11,444 works were submitted for exhibition and of these only 1,746 works by non-Royal Academics (RAs) were hung. Decided proof that the selection committee looked positively on the painting by W.G.Skinner. RAs are practising artists who help steer the Academy’s vision, supporting its activities and helping to plan for the future.

Non-member’s varnishing day was set for 24 April 1911, when artist W.G.Skinner would have had the opportunity to hobnob with the Academicians and other artists on that day. In total 176,257 people came to see the show during its twelve week run.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art hosts a website dedicated to the summer exhibition, holding an essay for every single year:

‘Tim’ is listed as painting number 824, on Page 29 of said 1911 Royal Academy catalogue. Measurements are 62cms high, 57cms wide, in its frame.

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