The Illustrators 2011
14 November 2011 - 3 January 2012
This extraordinary exhibition covers the remarkable history of British illustration over the last century and includes original works by household names such as Arthur Rackham, E H Shepard, William Heath Robinson, The Walt Disney Studio, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake and Oliver Jeffers.
The Illustrators is presented in association with the Chris Beetles Gallery in London; Chris Beetles has championed the innovative world of illustration for the last thirty-five years, producing outstanding annual exhibitions and museum quality catalogues which have stimulated this formerly overlooked area of collectable art. Carefully selected from their extensive collection these works are being shown in Leeds for the very first time.
All works in this exhibition are for sale.
A selection of books are available including signed, first edition and out of print titles illustrated by many of the featured artists.
Chris Beetles Gallery
The Chris Beetles Gallery occupies a distinct niche in the world of commercial art galleries by specialising in traditional artworks from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and by remaining particularly focused on watercolours, illustrations and cartoons.
The gallery was opened by Chris Beetles in 1975, and has been based in St James’s, London’s famous art dealing district, since 1984. Its full range of stock is available to view on site, on request.
Chris Beetles Gallery maintains the greatest stock of original illustrations and cartoons in the world, with large holdings of original artwork by all the great illustrators available for sale, including Louis Wain, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, E H Shepard, Ronald Searle and Norman Thelwell. It is also the exclusive representative of Quentin Blake, Peter Brookes of The Times and Matt of the Daily Telegraph.
The Chris Beetles Gallery has done much to popularise this rapidly growing collector’s area, and every November stages ‘The Illustrators’, a celebration of the medium with over 1000 pictures for sale. The catalogues produced for this and other exhibitions comprise the definitive literature on the subject, bought by libraries and museums around the world.
The Chris Beetles Gallery holds the country’s largest stock of 18th, 19th and 20th century British watercolours specialising, in particular, in Thomas Rowlandson, members of The Old Water Colour Society, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Albert Goodwin and S R Badmin. Additionally, it represents a select group of traditional contemporary artists. Widely known for its expertise in watercolours, the Chris Beetles Gallery also deals significantly in oils and sculptures. The gallery manages the estate of the popular sculptor, Sydney Harpley RA.
Specialist exhibitions change on a monthly basis, while a permanent display of the full range of stock is maintained on the other floors of this bright, dynamic space. A complete framing service and advice on valuation and restoration are available on site.
In 2011, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs opened in Swallow Street, off Piccadilly, to house the gallery’s photographic stock. It is now firmly established as one of the finest photography galleries in London.