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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2015

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  • Sunday 20 September
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  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • 92 Southampton Row
  • London WC1B 4BH
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £2 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards
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  • Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2015

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  • Sunday 6 December
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  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards

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Celebrating 40 years
 

A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age
of Louis XIV, 1660–1715

Until 6 September 2015

Image of Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre,1661

Under the longest reigning king in French history, Paris became the most important print producer in Europe, a position it maintained until the end of the 19th century.

This extraordinary development was fueled by official policies that aimed to elevate the entire spectrum of the fine and decorative arts. Prints were at once a means of communication, a propaganda tool, and an art form in ever-increasing demand.

Printmakers and print publishers produced hundreds of thousands of works on paper in a century that was as hungry for imagery as ours is today.

Propaganda was an essential characteristic of print production. But propaganda refers to more than images of the king’s likeness, victories, virtues, and royal festivals, which were most effectively disseminated through etchings and engravings. It also refers to a broader strategy promoted by the king himself: France would be a model for the rest of Europe.

With the help of prints, allies and enemies alike would bear witness to the unmatched refinement of French technical skill, aesthetics, and taste. On the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV, this exhibition demonstrates the significance of an art that attained unparalleled sophistication and influence.

This exhibition was organized by the Getty Research Institute in special collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

  • Getty Research Institute
  • The Getty Center
  • 1200 N Sepulveda Blvd
  • Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • USA
  • www.getty.edu/kingdom
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  • Illustration: Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, Robert Nanteuil after Nicolas Mignard, 1661, (Detail).

 

 

 

Alice in Cartoonland

Until 1 November 2015

Image of Alice

Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat were introduced to the world by Lewis Carroll in 1865 in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A sequel, Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found introduced more memorable characters including the Jabberwock, Humpty Dumpty, the Walrus and the Carpenter and the Kings, Queens and Knights of the chessboard.

For 150 years the curious creatures from Carroll’s topsy-turvy world have been part of popular culture the world over, not just in books, plays and films, toys, games and millions of products from food to clothing but also in – cartoons!

This is hardly surprising since when Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was seeking an illustrator for Alice he chose John Tenniel, the leading cartoonist of his day, whose caricatures of Victorian politicians and celebrities appeared every week in the pages the humorous magazine, Punch.

Image of Mad hatter The Alice books are a true collaboration between Dodgson’s extraordinary imagination and Tenniel’s graphic wit: for example, the Hatter’s iconic top hat with it’s pre-decimal price label (‘In this Style, 10/6’) was just one of Tenniel’s many embellishments to Dodgson’s text.

Alice in Cartoonland celebrates Alice’s many misadventures at the hands of cartoonists, caricaturists and satirists, animators and graphic artists through 150 years of parodies and pastiches, jibes, jokes and gags aimed at making political points, social comment or just intended to make us laugh.

Artists represented range from Low, Vicky, Shepard and Illingworth to via Searle and ffolkes to Scarfe, Steadman and Rowson. There are Alice posters by Gilroy advertising Guinness, cartoon strips featuring Flook and Snoopy, pages from comics and graphic novels and original animation art from film and TV versions of Alice.

  • Cartoon Museum
  • 35 Little Russell Street
  • London
  • WC1A 2HH
  • UK
  • www.cartoonmuseum.org/exhibitions/
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  • Illustrations from Alice Versary: The Guinness Birthday Book, 1959.
    Illustrated by Ronald Ferns.

 

 

 

The Alice Look

Image of Alice and the Queen

Until 1 November 2015

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of one of Britain’s best-known and most-loved children’s books, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition examines how Alice has influenced style and fashion over the past 150 years.

The Alice Look will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations to show Alice as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter.

  • V&A Museum of Childhood
  • Cambridge Heath Road
  • London E2 9PA
  • UK
  • www.vam.ac.uk/moc/
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  • Illustration from Alice Versary: The Guinness Birthday Book, 1959.
    Illustrated by Ronald Ferns.

 

 

 

Such a curious dream! Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland at 150

Until 5 September 2015

Illustration by John Tenniel

This exhibition will feature unique, colourful and curious Carrolliana from the early 1860s to the present. Drawn largely from the fabulous collection compiled by Harvard alumnus Harcourt Amory, the exhibition will include original drawings by illustrator John Tenniel, foreign editions of the book, parodies, theatrical works and ephemera. Not to be missed: Alice Liddell’s own copy of the suppressed first edition.

  • Edison and Newman Room
  • Houghton Library
  • Harvard Yard
  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA 02138
  • USA
  • http://hcl.harvard.edu/info/exhibitions/

 

 

 

Fans of the Belle Époque

Until 2 September 2015

This glorious exhibition evokes the extravagance and theatricality commonly associated with this alluring epoch (c. 1890-1910) and features a spellbinding assortment of exquisitely-crafted fans – the types favoured by wealthy American heiresses and the cream of European society at this time.

Image of fan

The very best of the Museum’s collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century fans are on show, including: lavish examples from the go-to fan makers of the period, Duvelleroy & Kees; an array of beautifully conceived Art Nouveau confections, and exuberant designs by gifted painters such as Abbéma, Lasellaz, and Billotey.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill
  • Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK
  • www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

 

 

 

Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters

Until 4 October 2015

Image of poster

A century of shipping posters from Merseyside Maritime Museum's collection.

This new display features 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980, advertising Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters have never been on display before.

They are a record of the style, glamour and excitement of a long-gone era when sailing by liner was the only way to travel. Starting out as simple bills of sailing, over time shipping company advertisements developed into highly designed full colour posters that reflected the changing needs and aspirations of passengers.

From emigrant services, through the age of luxury transatlantic liners, to latter day cruise ships, posters are snapshots from a time when global travel was still an unusual and often exotic undertaking. Together these posters show the changing face of passenger travel by sea.

  • Art and the Sea Gallery
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Albert Dock
  • Liverpool Waterfront
  • Liverpool L3 4AQ
  • UK
  • www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/
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  • Image: Copyright © Bibby Line Group Limited, Liverpool

 

 

 

Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus:
A life of a Pioneering Aviator

Until 11 September 2015

Image of poster

Sir Alan Cobham was a pioneering long distance aviator and technical innovator who became famous for his exploits in the interwar years by making aviation accessible and popular throughout the world.

He learnt to fly while in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and later went on to set many long distance aviation records.

These include becoming the first person to fly from London to Cape Town and back in 1926 for which he received the Air Force Cross, and in the same year to be the first person to fly from London to Australia and back, for which he was knighted by King George V.

Sir Alan Cobham also organised a series of flying tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa which became affectionately known as ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus’. These tours promoted aviation to the public and were a source of inspiration for countless pilots in the Second World War.

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  • RAF Museum London
  • Grahame Park Way
  • London NW9 5LL
  • UK
  • www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

 

 

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