University library exhibits award-winning artwork

Posted by hct16 at Sep 19, 2013 09:05 AM |
Artwork and Storytelling exhibition in the David Wilson Library showcases illustrator and author duo's work
University library exhibits award-winning artwork

‘Boy with loaf of bread’ from: Portfolio of work, (c. 1975 - mid-1980s). This is a portrait of Russell Harty as a child.

The Exhibition, 'Reg and Ann Cartwright: Artwork and Storytelling, 1959-2005' showcases the work of Leicester illustrator and author duo, Reg and Ann Cartwright.

The Cartwright Archive exhibition features artifacts from Reg Cartwright, an award-winning painter from Leicester, best known as the illustrator of 40 books for young readers, many of which were produced in collaboration with his wife Ann.

Other material includes artwork spanning Reg's career from his early years as a commercial artist with Frank Gayton Ltd and Gee Advertising, to his prize-winning book illustrations.

Among the collection is Ann Cartwright's draft texts for the children's books the couple produced together, providing an insight into the creative process and the relationship between text and image in children's literature. A number of original paintings from the books are included in the exhibition, including some that are being displayed for the first time at the University.

The Cartwright Archive also contains a number of original paintings that were kindly donated to the University by Reg and Ann in October 2010.

The Special Collections display cases are located in the basement of the David Wilson Library.  Entry to the library is free but controlled, so if you are not a student or member of University staff, please ask to be let through the barrier.  The exhibition will delight visitors of all ages, although please note that it is located within a quiet study area of the Library.

The exhibition will run until 5 January 2014. For further information please contact Special Collections at or telephone 0116 252 2056.

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