IBIS was established in 1995 to encourage research into, and to facilitate the exchange of information on book and periodical illustrations, the artists and their publishers. The Society has a worldwide membership including artists, collectors, bibliographers, writers and general enthusiasts. Whilst IBIS embraces all aspects of illustrative art, the main emphasis is on the illustration of texts in English since the 1830s.

As well as containing information about the Society (its activities, benefits of membership, how to join) our website includes full details of our past publications which serve as important sources of information for writers and researchers.

The Next IBIS Meeting - 11 October 2014

Our next event will be a joint meeting with the Children's Books History Society in which we explore the lives and work of forgotten women illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For further details contact the CBHS.

Please visit our Events Page for details of exhibitions and events
which we think may be of interest to members.

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We invite IBIS members to join our email list. This will enable us to notify you of events and to report news in a more timely manner. The list will remain private and used only by members of the IBIS committee. To join our list, start by clicking here.

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