Mervyn Peake 1911-1968
Portrait of the Artists Mother
Oil on board, signed & dated (19)47
Image size: 15 ¼ x 11 ½ inches
According to exhibitor at the fair, Darnley Fine Art, his mother was anxious to go shopping and that is why she is looking bemused!
Mervyn Peake was an English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. His Gormenghast novels are cult classics of 20th Century English literature. The Gormenghast series comprises three novels originally published between 1946 and 1959.
The series consists of three novels, Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone (1959). A novella, Boy in Darkness (1956), tells the story of a brief adventure by the young Titus away from Gormenghast.
Peake also did illustrations for books by other authors including Lewis Carroll's Hunting of the Snark, Alice in Wonderland and Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as well as producing many original poems, 'literary nonsense', short stories for adults and children, stage and radio plays. He also designed the logo for Pan Books.
Peak exhibited in the Sark Gallery and at the Cooling Galleries in London, also at the Royal Academy, the Leger Galleries and Calmann Galleries, and as his reputation grew was commissioned to produce portraits of well known people.
In 2008 The Times named Peake among their list of 50 greatest writers since 1945.
Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia. 4 - 10th November 2013. Tel 0871 620 7062
Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair
On Friday, one of the world's leading experts on exploration and himself a travel book collector, Raymond Howgego, will be signing copies of his latest book Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel. It is a comprehensive guide to invented, imaginary, apocryphal and plagiarized narratives of travel by land, sea and air, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. Although a separate publication, it also serves to complete the author's Encyclopedia of Exploration, a four volume, 3.7 million-word work dealing with voyages ad travels of indisputable historical reality, believed by many experts to be the largest unaided single-author work in the English language. The book costs £105 and will be available on the day. The book signing will take place at 5pm on the stage in the main hall.
On Saturday, visitors to the Fair can sign up to special book tours, designed to guide small groups around the Fair and point out some of the highlights. Specialist dealers will give advice to collectors or those interested in starting to collect books. The 30-minute tours are free, but a small donation to the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's Educational rust will be encouraged.
The Fair will be open between 2pm and 7pm on Friday and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday. Tours and starting times are to be confirmed and will be advertised on the website beforehand.
Chelsea Old Town Hall is located on the King's Road, (opposite Sydney Street) London SW3 5EE; nearest underground stations are South Kensington and Sloane Square and many buses stop nearby.
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