Chris Beetles Gallery

Like a modern day Ali Baba, lured by the promise of illustrated riches and artistic treasure, I recently found myself ringing the bell at Chris Beetles Gallery (whispering ‘Open Sesame’ under my breath). Often independent specialist art galleries can make me feel a little uncomfortable, like visiting a wealthy Great Aunt, more out of duty than love, and being told not to touch anything.

However, after being ushered in out of the cold, I was left to wonder around, oggling at the illustrated works, room after room. Even in the hushed library atmosphere I felt comfortable to ask questions of the Gallery staff, who otherwise quietly beavered away in their mysterious duties. Here are some of my favourite discoveries…

Charles Keeping

The Piggery Illustration

Gillian Tyler

Gillian Tyler Illustration

Jane Pinkney

Jane Pinkney Illustration

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall Illustration

If you can’t make it to the gallery order a fully illustrated catalogue of The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration 1837-2012.

– Miss C x

Illustrations at Chris Beetles Art Gallery