Many of my favourite artists are generously featured in the exhibition, among them John Tenniel via E H Shepard, Ronald Searle, Eric Fraser, Charles Keeping to Anthony Browne, but perhaps the most delightful aspect is the bicentennial tribute to the genius of Charles Dickens: a collection of almost 60 pieces of art illustrating what are among the greatest novels in the English language featuring some of the most engaging characters – comic, scary, sentimental – to engage the imaginations of generations of readers.
Here are just a few...
Mervyn Peake - Bleak House
Edward Ardizzone - David Copperfield
H M Brock - The Cricket on the Hearth
Ron Embleton - The PIckwick Papers
Eric Fraser - A Child's History of England
Harry Furniss - The Old Curiosity Shop
Harry Furniss - Oliver Twist
Ronald Searle - A Christmas Carol
Arthur Rackham - A Christmas Carol
Ron Embleton - A Christmas Carol
Claude Shepperson - The Haunted Man
J F H Bacon - Dombey & Son
The Illustrators 2012: The British Art of Illustration 1837-2012 remains on show at Chris Beetles Gallery until 3 January 2013
8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6QB
Telephone: 020 7839 7551
Gallery Opening Times:
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 17:30
Accompanying the exhibition is a 272-page catalogue with over 400 full colour images, which – for £20 – is both an engaging anthology of great illustrative art and a lasting record of an immensely impressive show.
Above illustration: 'Charles Dickens: A Tribute to Genius' by Stephen Reid