This holiday season, we’re taking a closer look at the popular prints that have made their way into our customers’ wish lists. From a characterful line drawing of Picasso’s Dachshund to a Christmas favourite by the late Raymond Briggs, there’s a reason why these popular artworks capture the hearts of our customers.
Published by the Underground Electric Railway Company in 1931, this wonderful poster was put into circulation to encourage Wimbledon tennis fans to take the underground to South Wimbledon station and continue their journey by bus to the famous All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Poster designer Herry Perry perfectly captures the atmosphere of the renowned championships. Her skilful use of symmetry and perspective capture the atmosphere in this mixed doubles scene. With her pleasing colour palette, Perry’s work still feels fresh and contemporary today.
Andy Warhol explored themes of fame and celebrity throughout his life. In the 1960s he gained critical attention and instant popularity with his silkscreen prints of Hollywood sensations including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. By 1980, he had immortalised a new era of icons such as new wave Blondie frontwoman, Debbie Harry.
Two years prior to his death, the pioneer of pop art created his ‘Reigning Queens’ collection. Based on an official photograph of the late Queen Elizabeth II, this striking artwork enshrines her majesty in pop art glory.
Spanish born artist Pablo Picasso worked in a variety of styles. During his expansive career, his work included painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and even theatre design. Co-founder of the Cubist movement, he was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth-century.
In 1907 Picasso produced a charming set of animal drawings in his sketchbook that were simplistic, yet highly impactful. Some of the animals were based on the artist's own pets, while others such as the ‘Le Pingouin’ and ‘Le Chameau’ were based on other animals that he had encountered during his life. ‘Le Chien’ was based on Picasso’s own Dachshund named Lump, and is beautifully executed with a single unbroken line.
The popular Christmas classic ‘The Snowman’ was originally created and illustrated by the late Raymond Briggs as a picture book and was narrated entirely through hand-drawn illustrations. Following the success of the 1978 publication, the story and imagery further captured the hearts of a nation when on 26th December 1982, an animated television adaption of the same title aired for the first time on Channel 4.
This glorious illustration shows the boy and the snowman as they fly over the luminous Brighton Pavilion, evoking nostalgia and merriment in a snow swept scene.
Our wish lists are a fantastic place to store your favourite artworks and share ideas for gifts. Follow this guide to see how you can make the most of your wish list.
Inspired by nostalgia and fantastical landscapes, American painter Rebecca Byrne’s work is colourful, gestural, and touchingly optimistic. She talks to curator Becca-Pelly Fry about memories of growing up on a farm on the outskirts of Chicago in the 1980s, how her work has changed since she moved to London, and the edition she’s made for our inaugural Curated Editions collection, New Mythologies.
Ambrosine Allen’s work is intricate, delicate and multi-layered. Mystical landscapes and dramatic scenes are built from thousands of tiny fragments of collage, painstakingly assembled over many hours, days and weeks.
The celebrated designer’s new prints are now on display at her beautiful store in Marylebone. Here are a few highlights from the launch event.
Since its genesis in the nineteenth century, Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa’, has swept the world with its sublime beauty. We explore how the Japanese artist’s woodblock prints fascinated the likes of Vincent van Gogh, and still manage to beguile viewers today.
To welcome in the change of season, we revisit some of our favourite Vogue cover illustrations from our exclusive archive.
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