Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration after the Second World War

12 Nov 2014 – 28 Feb 2015

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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

Leeds, United Kingdom


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An exhibition showcasing the work of major post-war British illustrators such as Edward Bawden and Edward Ardizzone, as well as contemporary illustrators inspired by the era.


This exhibition continues The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery's exhibition series exploring the history of British book illustration (with Fancy and Imagination: Aubrey Beardsley and the Book Illustrators in 2010 and Austerity & Invention: Illustration Between the Wars in 2012). Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After the Second World War reviews the fertile period after the Second World War.  This era was marked not only by technological progress and innovation - even in the midst of rationing - but also by nostalgia and a romanticising of the pre-war past. 

The impact of post-war illustration for contemporary British illustrators has been significant. The exhibition also includes a display of contemporary work by artists who particularly reference this period, including Mark HearldEmily Sutton and Ed Kluz. An illustrated catalogue, with new essays on post-war illustration by James Russell, Sarah Butler, Laura Millward and Layla Bloom, will be available for sale in the Gallery shop.  A full programme of related events will run alongside the exhibition.


Layla Bloom

Exhibiting artists

Tom Frost

Edward Ardizzonne

Emily Sutton

Charles Keeping

Mark Hearld

Ed Kluz

Edmund Dulac

Angie Lewin

Edward Bawden

Esme Eve

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