Sunday 24 November 2013


Yesterday I went to the splendid CARTOON MUSEUM in London to have a peep at THE AGE OF GLAMOUR: R.S. SHERRIFFS' STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN.

WOW, what a show!!
I must admit I'd never heard of him before, but was intrigued when I saw the poster featuring Greta Garbo ages ago.
Any exhibition they put on is worth going to see, but this one was such a surprise.

R.S. specialised in portraits of the stars, not dry and boring ones, but action-packed and fantastical portraits! They are full of life and the subject would often be in situations they would be playing in the film or stage play they were starring in.

The exhibition features his most iconic work from the 1920s and 30s, and every drawing has a distinctively modernist Art Deco feel to them. The sheer imagination and confidence of the artist jumps out at you.

All your fave stars of the era are featured, stunning cartoons of Clara Bow, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier and an amazing portrait of Charles Laughton as Henry VIII are just some of the highlights.

So do go and pop along and have a look. You still have plenty of time as it finishes on Christmas Eve.
The Cartoon Museum is one of London's hidden gems!

Conception of the Remote Austerity of Garbo (detail)

Ivor Novello meets Shakespeare, 1933

Clara Bow in Call her Savage, 1933

The stunning portrait of Charles Laughton as Henry VIII, 1933

Gracie Fields at the Palladium, 1933

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