23 November 2015

Annual exhibition includes work from 'The Golden Ass'

Chris Beetles Gallery hosts 'The Illustrators', the largest and most popular annual event worldwide for cartoon and illustration collectors. This extravaganza presents 800 original works for sale by over 90 artists from across three centuries, with prices ranging from £200 to £175,000.

The exhibition surveys the fascinating history of British illustration from the celebrated Victorian cartoonist and illustrator, John Tenniel, to the penetrating contemporary caricaturist, Jonathan Cusick. In addition, it provides the opportunity to evaluate the parallel tradition of North American cartooning and illustrating, from a lively portrait study by the early twentieth-century artist, James Montgomery Flagg, to sharp political satires by Kal.

Quentin Blake has contributed alternative illustrations from his work for 'The Golden Ass', the racy Classical novel by Apuleius, and published in a deluxe limited edition by The Folio Society in 2015.  The colour illustrations depict various incidents from the story, including the hero's inadvertent transformation into a donkey.

For more details, opening hours and to view or purchase a catalogue, visit the Gallery website: www.chrisbeetles.com