Sunday, 13 November 2011


It is almost time for that much-loved illustrative feast: the annual selling exhibition at Chris Beetle's Art Gallery celebrating the British Art of Illustration.

There are hundreds of examples of that art as practiced by some of the greatest names from John Tenniel and George Cruikshank via the Heath Robinson family to Ronald Searle and Quentin Blake.

There are many pieces on show featuring colour illustrations, but – as a taster – here are a few examples of the work of artists who were among the undisputed masters of black and white...

Edward Ardizzone

Rowland Emett

Eric Fraser

Joan Hassall

Thomas Heath Robinson

William Heath Robinson

Ronald Searle

Tommy Cooper and Shirley Bassey

E H Shepard

R S Sheriffs
Gladys Cooper and Margaret O'Brien in The Secret Garden

The full catalogue can be viewed on-line here or purchased as a superbly produced 384 page paperback that can be ordered here

The Illustrators exhibition runs from 20 November 2010 to 8 January 2011, opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:30.

Chris Beetle's Gallery is at 8 & 10 Ryder St, St James's, London SW1Y 6QB (Telephone: 020 7839 7551; Fax: 020 7839 1603; e-mail:


SharonM said...

Gladys Cooper looks remarkably like Maggie Smith in the Secret Garden cartoon.

Wobble The Witch Cat said...

This is one of my favourite art galleries I love visiting accessible images from all of our childhoods whichever decade we arrived in a splendid treat for every lover of good illustration! Do yourself a favour and pay a visit to see this superb exhibition!