Meet the Contributors

Sally Kalman

Andras Kalman's daughter

Compton Verney’s unique Folk Art collection was formed by the Hungarian emigre art dealer Andras Kalman (1919-2007) in the second half of the last century.

Kalman called Folk Art ‘the endangered species of the English art world’, and his varied collection comprises mostly of British works from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

In the early fifties my father Andras Kalman often visited auction houses and it was at a sale of pictures that he brought his first ‘primitive’ painting; Bear Baiting. My father was captivated! He quickly bought four or five pictures of farm animals – a misshapen sheep, a fat heifer – these paintings were amusing and decorative.” Sally Kalman

Bear Baiting, English School

Artist unknown


Oil on Canvas

35.1 x 39.4 cm

Meet the contributors...

James Ayres

Author on Folk Art & Former Director of Judkyn Memorial at Freshford Manor, near Bath

Christopher Bibby

Dealer & Collector

Emilie Flower

Film Maker

Kate Arnold Foster

Director, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

Mark Hearld

Artist and Curator

Sally Kalman

Andras Kalman's daughter

Mary Nice

Curator of The Museum of English Naive Art 1988-1998

Alan Powers

Writer, artist and publisher of decorative papers

Paul Ryan

Curator of of What the Folk Say at Compton Verney in 2011

Robert Young

Folk Art Specialist