An exhibition of drawings from Simon Grennan’s new book Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval. Based on an illustrated Victorian novel from the collection at Chetham’s Library, the book focuses on the manners and habits of twenty-first century leisure culture, and its roots in the great cities of the nineteenth century. Artist and graphic novelist Simon Grennan reimagines Duval’s work from a contemporary perspective, adopting her name as a pseudonym and producing drawings in drag, as a woman.
Exhibition Preview and Book Launch: Friday 12 October 6pm-8.30pm.
Simon Grennan will be in conversation with Christopher Breward about his new work.
Christopher Breward is an historian of fashion, interested in its relationship to social and sexual identity. He has authored numerous books and is Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland and Visiting Professor of Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh.
This event is free but booking is advised – details will follow soon on the event page.
Exhibition opening hours: Saturday 13th October 11.00am – 6.00pm; Sunday 14th October 11.00am – 4.00pm | Monday 15th October – Friday 19th October 10.00am – 5.00pm during usual Library opening hours (timed entry at 10am / 11.00am / 12noon / 1.00pm / 2.00pm / 3.00pm / 4.00pm)
In partnership with Book Works
• Read more about Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval here on downthetubes
•Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval Book Launch 6.30pm – 8.00pm Friday 12th October 2018, Chetham’s Library, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB | Web: library.chethams.com
• Simon Grennan is online at www.simongrennan.com | Follow Simon on Twitter @SimonGrennan_
• Drawing in Drag: The Exhibition runs at Chetham’s Library from 13th – 19th October 2018
Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval by Simon Grennan
Publisher: Book Works – available to buy here
Designed by Axis Graphic
Design Ltd., Manchester
ISBN 978 1 906012 98 4 – PRICE £14.95
• Marie Duval Archive
• The British Newspaper Archive has put 635 issues of Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday on its website
• Lew Stringer has written a number of articles on Ally Sloper on his Blimey! blog