One Hundred Years of Savage Fine Art and Onwards
2005 was a special year in the
lives of those involved with Savage Fine Art. The family firm was started by Robert Savage in 1905, Michael Savage
was born in 1935 and he started work in the firm (under the very strong influence of his grandmother) in 1955 and now we move into the next century!
Michael's grandfather started R.S. Savage and Sons as picture framers in premises in Semilong and later Alfred Street,
Northampton. Gradually the business evolved and two retail outlets were opened in Kettering Road and St.Giles Street, selling artists' materials, books, stationery, prints and paintings.
Michael joined the family firm in 1955, and in 1970, Michael and his father developed the original premises in Alfred Street into a gallery, studio and workshop where they sold both prints and original paintings and provided a picture framing and restoration service.
After the death of Michael's father the business emphasis changed more to the selling of Fine Paintings, which developed the ideas of Private View Evenings. Having always loved a party, Michael made these evenings a Social event not to be missed, and it has been known for there to be a queue of hopeful purchasers forming along the street before the doors opened at 5.30.
In 1995 Michael sold the gallery premises. Life, for many, changed dramatically at the beginning of the 90s and for Michael, particularly, life became very tough, but never one to give in, he continued to trade, using home as a base, where the parties continued, this time as Exhibitions held in a marquee on the lawn at his home in Haselbech.
He also then took a room at the Northampton and County Club for Exhibitions, four or five times a year, and started to hold One-Man Shows at local prestigious homes, where again his love of a party comes to the fore, and the luncheons on the Sunday of the show, held in aid of a local charity, have become very well attended and some memorable times have been had.
What of the future? Although Michael's involvement with work has slowed down considerably (he no longer offers a full framing and restoration service, but he is very happy to advise on either of these matters), he will still continue to hold the Exhibitions at the Northampton & County Club and also the One-Man Shows of our local contemporary artists.
The emphasis of the Exhibitions has, from necessity, now changed to a more contemporary theme, although Michael is always looking for paintings by his particular favourite artists and our local masters - Alfred East, Hubert Coop, Frank Jowett and George Harrison - to name but a few.