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St Ives and British Modernism Jonathan Clark, London SW10

The St Ives theme is an old favourite with dealers in 20th-century British pictures, but few in recent years can have gathered a better selection of work than Jonathan Clark for his autumn exhibition of "St Ives and British Modernism". It's probably the best exhibition of its sort since the Tate Gallery's seminal St Ives show in 1985.

Clark's exhibition starts with a delicious, creamy nude by Christopher Wood, painted in 1926, just before Wood's first visit to St Ives when he first began to paint in a style that he could properly call his own. It's a very French picture for a young Englishman at the time, and an appropriate starting point for a survey of the home-grown modernism that evolved out of the cosmopolitan connections which were so important to English artists in the 1920s.

This exhibition doesn't pretend to take a comprehensive view of its subject - there are no later works by Wood, nothing by Wallis and very little Nicholson from the all-important 1930s - but it does include some terrific pictures of a quality that is all the more surprising for being shown in a private gallery.

Jonathan Clark, 18 Park Walk, London SW10 (0171-351 3555) to 14 Nov

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