Shirley Hughes Celebrates Alfie's Christmas
The Art of Shirley Hughes
Celebrating the book launch of Alfie's Christmas
6 - 16 November 2013


I've been trying to put my finger on why I love
Shirley Hughes's Alfie books so much.... Hughes is a magical storyteller. (The Guardian)

This November Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a unique solo exhibition devoted to the much-loved author and illustrator Shirley Hughes OBE. One of the most popular characters of the modern picture book era her best-known character, Alfie, and his adventures with sister Annie Rose and best friend Bernard, have enchanted readers both young and old for decades. Shirley Hughes's wonderful stories, based in everyday life, have become household favourites. In the words of Philip Pullman, 'Shirley Hughes is a national treasure.' Shirley was born in 1927, and after a year at Liverpool Art School studying costume design, she moved on to the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. She has written and illustrated over 50 books and sold more than eleven million copies. In both 1977 and 2004 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1984 she won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. In 1999 she was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature and in 2000 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. This unique exhibition will feature over thirty original pieces of artwork for visitors to see close up including working drawings for her Alfie books, My Naughty Little Sister as well as Shirley's personal favourite Dogger. All the artwork on display is for sale offering a once-in life time opportunity for collectors to acquire rare original artwork. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is a unique central London art gallery dedicated to exhibiting and selling the original artwork, limited edition prints and signed books by more than a hundred different artists. With exhibition space on three floors, this central London gallery displays a constant and revolving programme throughout the year of single artists shows, guest exhibitions from around the world, specialist events, author signings and family afternoons. John Huddy, founder of Illustrationcupboard, says “We are privileged to exhibit such world-class original artwork and offer collectors and fans the opportunity to invest in some of the most unique and talented artists of modern times. Despite the current economic climate, the market for illustration has never been better and the value of such works is only growing.”

Artist Event: Tea with Shirley Hughes
Come and meet Shirley Hughes here at the gallery on Saturday 9th November from 2.30pm onwards. Shirley Hughes will be here to meet visitors and sign copies of her new book ALFIE'S CHRISTMAS. Entrance is free and families are welcome.
Exhibition date
6 - 16 November 2013
22 Bury Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6AL