IBIS holds regular meetings, lectures. visits to collections and museums as organises study days.

Some Recent Events

Visit to the Royal Academy Library. Following the success of 2010's visit to the RA Library, which was heavily oversubscribed, a second visit took place in March 2011 and was equally successful. As before, the visit started with a talk by Nick Savage, the Librarian explaining the purpose of the library and its history before describing the collection of over 5000 illustrated books that he has built up over the past 20 years. Twelve members and guests took advantage of the opportunity to see a range of early and valuable illustrated volumes set out for us on the library tables, to pore over the boxes of rare ephemera and to have free rein to search the shelves for favourite or coveted items.

Claud Lovat Fraser. On Wednesday 25th May 2011 an audience of about 25 members and guests gathered in the Art Worker’s Guild to hear Peyton Skipwith talk about the life and work of Claud Lovat Fraser, an artist and designer who, in his tragically short life, managed to produce a surprisingly large number of illustrations and designs of striking originality. The talk was very well received and was followed by a long and lively question and answer session. A transcript of Peytons talk is in Studies in Illustration, Issue 48.

London Sketch Club Visit. On Wednesday 13th October 2010, 18 members were entertained at the London Sketch Club in Chelsea. On arrival we were immediately enthralled by the selection of original art work by former members displayed on the staircase. This included fine examples by William Heath Robinson, John Hassall, Phil May, GE Studdy and Lawson Wood. Once at the top of the stairs we were welcomed into a cosy little bar where a range of beverages were offered by our host, Don Grant, who is the Club’s archivist. From the bar we drifted into the main clubroom and started to search for our favourite artists among the many members whose silhouettes around the top of the walls are such a feature. Folders of artwork from the club archives were laid out for our inspection. Once everyone had arrived, Don gave us a lively account of the history of the club and some of its characters, illustrated with an excellent selection of slides. We were also shown a fascinating film of the club and its activities made in the 1950s. After further drinks and much discussion we reluctantly made our way home, having got to know both our fellow IBIS members and those favourite artists a little better. We are grateful both to Don Grant and to the London Sketch Club for making us so welcome.