Illustrationcupboard Gallery January 1995 - July 2019. Illustrationcupboard was a unique central London art gallery representing the most distinguised contemporary book illustrators from around the world. Since 1995 it presented a continuous schedule of events including single artist's exhibitions, themed events and the much-loved annual winter exhibition.
Other projects included working with municipal hospitals, public art galleries and museums as well as national festivals such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival. There was also international events including a touring exhibition to Australia, exhibitions in Hong Kong and Tokyo as well as an art fair in Seoul.
Founder John Huddy studied art history at school and went on to gain an MA (Hons) in History of Art at St Andrew’s University. He worked at Christie's in St James’s, London, extending an interest in old master drawings and paintings. It was a family connection with publishing that sparked his appreciation of illustration artwork from books he had grown up with. As a child he had met many leading authors and artists, a number of whom are now represented by the gallery. In 2006 Jacqui Lyons of Marjacq joined the enterprise as partner, with the current premises in St James's opening in November of that year.
Illustrationcupboard Gallery encompassed other services, including a specialist bookshop offering signed first editions, hand-made, out-of-print and limited-edtion books by private presses. It offered advice to estates and author/artists on artwork and inheritance management, and undertook a number of significant valuations used for liaising with Her Majesty's Government.
"I started Illustrationcupboard in the spare bedroom of my sister’s flat in 1995 with only a desk and a telephone, when there was little interest in collecting contemporary book illustration artwork. Over twenty years on I am pleased to regularly show the finest artwork in this field to a broad international collecting audience from our three floor art gallery in St James's, Mayfair. I often think how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see this original work when so many thousands of others see only the printed page."