Monday, 26 September 2011

Update:Edward Ardizzone - Huckleberry Finn.
Following the success of our spring exhibition of the superb illustrations by Edward Ardizzone for the 1961 publication of Huckleberry Finn, we are delighted to announce the successful purchase of this collection by a leading US collector.

The suite of pristine black ink drawings, which had resided in the study of former chairman of Heinemann Educational publisher Tony Beal, had recently resurfaced and was offered by his family in the hope of keeping this superb suite of drawings together. After careful negotiation the entire collection as been saved for posterity by a leading US collector whose passion is nineteenth century American literature, of which Mark Twain is of core interest. Although a private collection it is closely associated with Cornell University and much of the work in it is available for study and presentation. Not only will the artwork be cared for in the appropriate manner but will be made accessible to all those intersted in Mark Twain and the artwork of the superb British artist. We are delighted at Illustrationcupboard have been instrumental in this negotiation and in finding a first class home for such a rarity of British illustration artwork and publishing history.