A number of original Eagle comic “Dan Dare” artworks by Frank Hampson and the art team who worked on the earliest incarnation of the strip are currently being offered by the London-base Chris Beetles Gallery, as part of its “2019 Sale” of cartoons and illustrations.
You still need deep pockets, even at sale prices, if you want to own the items, but there are some smashing examples of the early strip on offer, including front page art from the strip’s first year of publication.
Also on offer in the sale are “The Gambols” cartoon art by Barry Appleby; illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attewell; illustrations by Hilda Cowham; some wonderful Picture Post illustrations by Victoria Davidson; “Rupert the Bear” art by Jon Davis; “Bristow” strip’s by Frank Dickens; illustrations by “Emmwood” (John Musgrave-Wood); cartoons by Barry Fanton; some beautiful cat illustrations by Leslie Fotherby; cartoons by Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird); “Rupert the Bear” art by John Harrold; “Jess the Cat” art by Joan Hickson; cartoons and illustrations by John Jensen; a huge number of cartoons by Larry (Terence Parkes); Evening Standard cartoons by Joseph Lee; a few cartoons by Sir David Low; cartoons by McLachlan; cartoons by Mike Williams and much, much, more.
Chris Beetles Gallery maintains the greatest stock of original illustrations and cartoons in the world, with large holdings of original artwork by all the great illustrators available for sale, including Louis Wain, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, E H Shepard, Ronald Searle and Norman Thelwell.
It is also the exclusive representative of Quentin Blake, Peter Brookes of The Times and Matt of the Daily Telegraph. It also holds the country’s largest stock of 18th, 19th and 20th century British watercolours specialising, in particular, in Thomas Rowlandson, members of The Old Water Colour Society, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Albert Goodwin and S R Badmin.
Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street , St James’s, London SW1Y 6QB Telephone: 020 7839 7551 Web: www.chrisbeetles.com
(With thanks to Norman Boyd)
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