THE ART OF WAR HORSE, featuring Rae Smith
Illustrationcupboard Gallery is proud to commemorate the centenary of World War I with a unique exhibition celebrating the dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse. First published in 1982 this wartime tale has become an international phenomenon. The stage play, launched at The National Theatre in 2007, has become one of the greatest British productions and seen by over 3 million people worldwide.

Theatre designer Rae Smith is the artistic mastermind who brought this to life on stage, and for which she won both the US Tony Award and the British Olivier Award. We are proud to be showing Rae’s original theatre, costume and scenic artwork – all of which were displayed on stage at The National Theatre. On show will be a selection of equine drawings of the horse puppets so vividly created by Handspring Puppet Company, as well as powerful Vorticist-inspired depictions of battle-torn France.

To accompany this exhibition we are also delighted to launch Rae’s recently published illustrated edition of Michael Morpurgo’s book, (£14.99) based on her theatre designs. Rae continues to work on the production, with War Horse Shanghai opening next year, along with a 24 metre concertina drawing of the story, soon to be to be editioned for collectors - a truly ingenious and impressive enterprise. The distinguished artist Victor Ambrus was commissioned to produce the front cover of the first edition of War Horse in 1982. Victor will be showing artwork especially produced for this anniversary. We will also be showing artwork by Olivia Lomenech Gill, whose previous collaboration with Michael Morpurgo on Where My Wellies Take Me has been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award 2014. Olivia will be showing a selection of her War Horse inspired artwork, the highlight of which is the impressive Standing To, especially commissioned by Michael Morpurgo for the concert War Horse: Only Remembered.

Without doubt this is an extraordinary collection, which we are thrilled to be exhibiting. We draw attention for all collectors to the unique nature and opportunity offered, with all artwork being made available for purchase. A limited number of signed first editions of the new book will also be on sale.
Exhibition date
1 - 30 August 2014
22 Bury Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6AL