THE BLAXLAND COLLECTION -The Art of Edward Ardizzone


Simon Blaxland is one of a rare breed. A compulsive collector of all drawings, paintings and sculptures, he has over the past thirty years put together a formidable collection of diverse and original artwork by one of Britain’s foremost and best-loved illustrative artists – Edward Ardizzone.

This compulsive collection reveals to the viewer an insight into the mind of the collector – the inquisitive and acquisitive eye that, like the magpie, catches all that is shiny. Simon’s collection is gold – a personal archive assembled over three decades by one of the most distinguished draughtsman of the twentieth century. With over thirty drawings and watercolours on show there is a variety of work from books and magazines, such as The Radio Times, personal sketches and other individual quirky pieces. This work has not yet been seen before; it is the first time this private and personal archive has been on display for general viewing. Highlights include original work from the classic Stig of the Dump, The Bible Stories as well as the superb Royal Garden Party series of sketches.

Edwards Ardizzone needs little introduction. Many grew up with his wonderful picture book about Tim and the Brave Sea Captain and other titles too numerous to list here. His iconic draughtsmanship and loose brushwork applied liberally and with an unparalleled ease of application offers the observer a real viewing pleasure and often humorous interpretation of the world in which he lived and many of us grew up in.

Private view with refreshments on Wednesday 2 November 5.30 - 8.00pm

Website preview from Saturday 29th October

Here is a short interview with collector Simon Blaxland, discussing this unique and fascinating collection of original artwork by Edward Ardizzone

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Exhibition date
2 - 19 November 2016
22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL