IBIS Meetings

Autumn Meeting: Ian Beck speaking on Harold Jones
4 October 2018
Art Workers' Guild, London

Harold Jones (1904-1992) was the creator of some of the finest illustrated books and book jackets. Among his many titles are This Year Next Year with poems by Walter De La Mare (Faber and Faber 1937), the celebrated and definitive collection of Nursery Rhymes Lavender’s Blue (Oxford University Press 1954) and Jack and the Beanstalk and other Nursery Stories (Oxford 1956). Many of the examples shown will taken directly from original drawings artwork and rough workings allowing a unique insight into the working methods of one of the great illustrators of the 20th century. Ian Beck will also explain how Harold’s work and approach became a key to unlocking his own illustrated work for children.

There will also be an opportunity for a private view of the selling exhibition of original artwork, lithographs, etchings and paintings by Harold Jones, which takes place from 1st - 13th October 2018.

The meeting takes place at the Art Workers' Guild, in London. Doors open 19:00; Talk starts at 19:30. There will be time to view the exhibition before and after the talk and to discuss the work on show with curator Neil Jennings. Refreshments served. Booking essential.

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The following events and exhibitions have come to our notice. Although some of these are not specifically related to book illustration, we think they might be of particular interest to IBIS members. We welcome details of events and exhibitions you think our members would be interested in.

Current Exhibitions

Edward Bawden
Until 9 September 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery, South London

This exhibition will bring together 170 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist, who effortlessly pushed the boundaries between fine and commercial art. It will be the first to show the full breadth of Bawden’s artistic output, covering each of the many disciplines he mastered over his 60-year career, as well as exploring his lesser-known achievements as a fine artist.

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Posy Simmonds: Original Artwork and Unseen Sketches
Until 9 September 2018
Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

A rare chance to see artwork and unseen sketches by renowned illustrator and writer Posy Simmonds. There are over 50 works on show from witty cartoons; delightful illustrations from her children’s books and original drawings from her graphic novels including the popular Tamara Drew and Gemma Bovery. Free Admission.

Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA>

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Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by her Writings
Until 16 September 2018
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

A major exhibition featuring 80 female artists from 1854 to the present day, centred on the pioneering writings of celebrated author Virginia Woolf. See works by Barbara Hepworth, Vanessa Bell, Gwen John, Eileen Agar, Penny Slinger and Claude Cahun.

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Women in Print: Enid Marx and her Contemporaries
17 September 2018
House of Illustration, London

An inspiring, informal study day considers the legacies of those women whose work shaped the graphic art and textle design of the last century, celebrating the work of Enid Marx and her peers Peggy Angus, Barbara Jones, Mabel Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher (Barron and Larcher).

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Quentin Blake: Voyages to The Moon and The Sun
Until 30 September 2018
House of Illustration, London

The first ever exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for this French literary classic, coinciding with The Folio Society’s publication of a new edition. Cyrano de Bergerac’s 17th century tale of space travel inspired many of fiction’s greatest fantasy adventures.

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Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
Until 30 September 2018
House of Illustration, London

Enid Marx is regarded as one of the artists who defined mid-20th century design. Over 150 works, many previously unseen, show her progression from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves, including her 1930s seating pattern for London Transport.

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A Study Day on Animals in Children’s Literature: Writers and Illustrators
27 October 2018
Hosted by The Children’s Books History Society
Central London

The annual study day organised by the CBHS. This year there will be a stronger emphasis on illustration, making it particularly relevant to IBIS.

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Bawden at Home
Until 28 October 2018
Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex

This exhibition includes over 200 artworks and other items, many of which have either not been seen before or not displayed in recent years. Edward Bawden CBE RA was educated at Friends’ School Saffron Walden and spent his last 19 years living in the town at Park Lane; he was greatly supportive of The Fry Art Gallery in its early days, and also a very generous donor.

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
Until 28 October 2018
Weston Library (Bodleian), Oxford

This exhibition will explore the full breadth of Tolkien’s unique literary imagination from his creation of Middle-earth, the imagined world where The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and his other works are set, to his life and work as an artist, poet, medievalist and scholar of languages.

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Peter Pan and Other Lost Children
Until 1 November 2018
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, North West London

The exhibition will feature two talented Edwardian female illustrators whose work has been largely forgotten. Alice Bolingbroke Woodward was the first illustrator of the story of Peter Pan. She illustrated many books for Blackie & Sons and for George Bell between 1895 and the 1930s including a new edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibition has been designed around 19 of the original watercolour drawings from her Peter Pan and includes 7 watercolours from Alice.
Edith Farmiloe was the wife of a vicar who had parishes first in Soho and then in Hackney and between 1895 and 1909 she wrote and illustrated stories based on the lives of the children from the mostly very poor families who lived in her husband’s parishes. Self-taught, she had a natural affinity with the children’s world. Rather than satirizing them as other contemporary artists did, she shared their joys and humours, jealousies and kindnesses, and all the other quick emotions that make up the drama of childhood.

NOTE: IBIS is currently exploring the possibility of holding a private view and curator’s tour of the exhibition. Join our Email list to ensure you are kept informed of future acitivities of this nature.

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John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
Until 4 November 2018
House of Illustration, London

John Vernon Lord’s pen and ink drawings are rich with metaphor, pattern and codes. This exhibition features his extraordinary work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses.

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Bawden’s Beasts
Until 27 January 2019
The Higgins, Bedford

Wallpaper designs, drawings, prints and murals reveal Bawden’s fascination with animals and marine life, anthropomorphic insects and the macabre. The exhibition will feature Bawden’s work in a range of media throughout the course of his career, including his imaginative advertisements for Fortnum & Mason, and evocative prints of Aesop’s Fables.

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Events and Future Exhibitions

Harold Jones
1 to 13 October 2018
Art Workers' Guild, London

An exhibition of paintings and prints by Harold Jones.
Curated by Jennings Fine Art. Works are for sale.
IBIS will be hosting a private view and lecture on Jones by Ian Beck on 4 October 2018.
Details are given above.

Edward Burne-Jones
24 October 2018 to 24 February 2019
Tate Britain, London

This exhibition charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.

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Christina Rossetti
13 November 2018 to 17 March 2019
Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey

An exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary life, poetry and art of Christina Rossetti. Highlights of the show include luminous chalk portraits of the poet by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside lively illustrations to her poetry by Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys.

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The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration
17 November 2018 to 5 January 2019
Chris Beetles Gallery, London

The famous annual exhibition of British illustration art.

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William Morris and Wood Engraving
17 November 2018
The Coach House at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London

A talk focusing on two decades in the career of William Morris, the 1860s and the 1890s, when he was directly concerned with wood engravings and the art of the book.

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Book Fair - Organised by the PBFA
6 and 7 June 2019
Fulham, London

One of the major annual bookfairs popular with collectors.

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Book Fair - Organised by the ABA
7 to 9 June 2019
Battersea, London

The high-end annual bookfair.

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Bloomsbury Book Fair - Organised by the Etc
9 June 2019
Bloomsbury, London

Regular bookfair, this one timed to coincide with the annual ABA fair.

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William Blake: The Artist
11 September 2019 to 2 February 2020
Tate Britain, London

With around 300 works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of Blake’s achievements and ambitions across a range of media.

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