THE ILLUSTRATORS 2016

THE BRITISH ART OF ILLUSTRATION 1900-2016

Chris Beetles Gallery welcomes you to The Illustrators, the largest and most popular annual event worldwide for cartoon and illustration collectors. While focussing this year on the twentieth century, this extravaganza presents over 500 original works for sale by over 60 artists from across three centuries, with prices ranging from £300 to £75,000.

The exhibition celebrates the wealth of talent among illustrators of the twentieth century, from the influential Edwardian black-and-white draughtsman, E J Sullivan, to unique contemporary talent that is Sara Midda. British artists are shown within the context of the European and American traditions of cartooning and illustrating, as exemplified by such exceptional talents as André François and Al Hirschfeld.

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HAPPY HAY MAKING by GERARD HOFFNUNG

HAPPY HAY MAKING

MADELINE
'THOU ARE NOT STEEP'D IN GOLDEN LANGOURS,
NO TRANCED SUMMER CALM IS THINE,
EVER VARYING MADELINE.' by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

MADELINE 'THOU ARE NOT STEEP'D IN GOLDEN LANGOURS, NO TRANCED SUMMER CALM IS THINE, EVER VARYING MADELINE.'

THE VISION OF SIN
'FEAR NOT THOU TO LOOSE THY TONGUE;
SET THY HOARY FANCIES FREE;
WHAT IS LOATHSOME TO THE YOUNG
SAVOURS WELL TO THEE AND ME.' by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

THE VISION OF SIN 'FEAR NOT THOU TO LOOSE THY TONGUE; SET THY HOARY FANCIES FREE; WHAT IS LOATHSOME TO THE YOUNG SAVOURS WELL TO THEE AND ME.'

SHE LEANED ACROSS THE TABLE, AND WITH INEFFABLE GENTLENESS, SAID: 'TO YOU POOR HEART! I DRINK AND BRING TO YOU SUCCESS.' by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

SHE LEANED ACROSS THE TABLE, AND WITH INEFFABLE GENTLENESS, SAID: 'TO YOU POOR HEART! I DRINK AND BRING TO YOU SUCCESS.'

LE ROI S'AMUSE
(LOUIS XV AND MME DU BARRY) by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

LE ROI S'AMUSE (LOUIS XV AND MME DU BARRY)

PORCELAIN AND TILECLAY
('BOTH WERE BROKEN') by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

PORCELAIN AND TILECLAY ('BOTH WERE BROKEN')

THE REIGN OF TERROR by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

THE REIGN OF TERROR

THE EVIL EYE AND THE APES OF DEATH
(THE LAW OF THE SUSPECT) by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

THE EVIL EYE AND THE APES OF DEATH (THE LAW OF THE SUSPECT)

LE ROI FAINEANT by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

LE ROI FAINEANT

LATEST PORTRAITS OF CELEBRITIES
(THE HEADS OF FOULON AND LE LAUNAY, AND THE HEAD AND HEART OF BERTHIER ARE FROM SKETCHES MADE BY GIRODET AS THEY WERE CARRIED IN THE STREETS OF PARIS) by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

LATEST PORTRAITS OF CELEBRITIES (THE HEADS OF FOULON AND LE LAUNAY, AND THE HEAD AND HEART OF BERTHIER ARE FROM SKETCHES MADE BY GIRODET AS THEY WERE CARRIED IN THE STREETS OF PARIS)

PHOENIX DEATH-BIRTH
(THE FRENCH ARMY, AS BELLONA, IS CONSUMED, AND NAPOLEON ARISES FROM THE ASHES) by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

PHOENIX DEATH-BIRTH (THE FRENCH ARMY, AS BELLONA, IS CONSUMED, AND NAPOLEON ARISES FROM THE ASHES)

THE WHIFF OF GRAPESHOT by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

THE WHIFF OF GRAPESHOT

AH, MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT WE YET MAY SPEND,
BEFORE WE TOO INTO THE DUST DESCEND;
DUST INTO DUST, AND UNDER DUST, TO LIE,
SANS WINE, SANS SONG, SANS SINGER, AND   SANS END! by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

AH, MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT WE YET MAY SPEND, BEFORE WE TOO INTO THE DUST DESCEND; DUST INTO DUST, AND UNDER DUST, TO LIE, SANS WINE, SANS SONG, SANS SINGER, AND  SANS END!

AND THOSE WHO HUSBANDED THE GOLDEN GRAIN,
AND THOSE WHO FLUNG IT TO THE WINDS LIKE RAIN
ALIKE TO NO SUCH AUREATE EARTH ARE TURN'D
AS, BURIED ONCE, MEN WANT DUG UP AGAIN by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

AND THOSE WHO HUSBANDED THE GOLDEN GRAIN, AND THOSE WHO FLUNG IT TO THE WINDS LIKE RAIN ALIKE TO NO SUCH AUREATE EARTH ARE TURN'D AS, BURIED ONCE, MEN WANT DUG UP AGAIN

SAID ONE   'FOLKS OF A SURLY TAPSTER TELL
AND DAUB HIS VISAGE WITH THE SMOKE OF HELL;
THEY TALK OF SOME STRICT TESTING OF US   PISH!
HE'S A GOOD FELLOW, AND 'TWILL ALL BE WELL' by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

SAID ONE  'FOLKS OF A SURLY TAPSTER TELL AND DAUB HIS VISAGE WITH THE SMOKE OF HELL; THEY TALK OF SOME STRICT TESTING OF US  PISH! HE'S A GOOD FELLOW, AND 'TWILL ALL BE WELL'

MYSELF WHEN YOUNG DID EAGERLY FREQUENT
DOCTOR AND SAINT, AND HEARD GREAT ARGUMENT
ABOUT IT AND ABOUT: BUT EVERMORE
CAME OUT BY THE SAME DOOR AS IN I WENT by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

MYSELF WHEN YOUNG DID EAGERLY FREQUENT DOCTOR AND SAINT, AND HEARD GREAT ARGUMENT ABOUT IT AND ABOUT: BUT EVERMORE CAME OUT BY THE SAME DOOR AS IN I WENT

INDEED, INDEED, REPENTANCE OFT BEFORE
I SWORE   BUT WAS I SOBER WHEN I SWORE?
AND THEN AND THEN CAME SPRING, AND ROSE-IN-HAND
MY THREAD-BARE PENITENCE A-PIECES TORE by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

INDEED, INDEED, REPENTANCE OFT BEFORE I SWORE  BUT WAS I SOBER WHEN I SWORE? AND THEN AND THEN CAME SPRING, AND ROSE-IN-HAND MY THREAD-BARE PENITENCE A-PIECES TORE

AND MUCH AS WINE HAS PLAY'D THE INFIDEL,
AND ROBB'D ME OF MY ROBE OF HONOUR   WELL,
I OFTEN WONDER WHAT THE VINTNERS BUY
ONE HALF SO PRECIOUS AS THE GOODS THEY SELL by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

AND MUCH AS WINE HAS PLAY'D THE INFIDEL, AND ROBB'D ME OF MY ROBE OF HONOUR WELL, I OFTEN WONDER WHAT THE VINTNERS BUY ONE HALF SO PRECIOUS AS THE GOODS THEY SELL

ALAS, THAT SPRING SHOULD VANISH WITH THE ROSE!
THAT YOUTH'S SWEET-SCENTED MANUSCRIPT SHOULD CLOSE!
THE NIGHTINGALE THAT IN THE BRANCHES SANG,
AH, WHENCE, AND WHITHER FLOWN AGAIN, WHO KNOWS! by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

ALAS, THAT SPRING SHOULD VANISH WITH THE ROSE! THAT YOUTH'S SWEET-SCENTED MANUSCRIPT SHOULD CLOSE! THE NIGHTINGALE THAT IN THE BRANCHES SANG, AH, WHENCE, AND WHITHER FLOWN AGAIN, WHO KNOWS!

THE RAGPICKER
(LE CHIFFONIER) by EDMUND JOSEPH SULLIVAN

THE RAGPICKER (LE CHIFFONIER)