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Launch of the A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection 

The A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Introducing the new A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection. Follow us each week on a journey through the alphabet to discover fascinating facts and images from the archive of posters, press and memorabilia from the Shell brand. 

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View the A to Z here


Temporary Exhibitions

The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950, Pallant House Gallery, 22nd Oct 2016 - 19th Feb 2017 

Architects Prefer Shell, Hans Feibusch, 1933

We are pleased to loan works by Hans Feibusch and John Banting for 'The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950' exhibition at Pallant House Gallery this autumn. 

This major exhibition explores how Modern British artists drew on classical myth and ideals in a ‘return to order’ following the First World War. 

A new publication accompanies the exhibition.

Find out more from Pallant House Gallery




Ardizzone: A Retrospective at The House of Illustration, 23rd Sep 2016 to 22nd Jan 2017 

Lifeboatmen use Shell, Edward Ardizzone, 1938

We are pleased to announce that our poster ‘Lifeboatmen Use Shell’ by Edward Ardizzone will be included in the first major exhibition of Ardizzone's work in 40 years. From his relatively unknown early commissions to rarely seen original illustrations, the exhibition will feature over 100 pieces from public and private collections that reflect the incredible diversity of Ardizzone’s career. Highlights include a Little Tim manuscript, mural artwork for a P&O ocean liner, ceramic figurines and poster designs for Lyons and Shell, as well as sketchbooks and illustrated correspondence. Find out more about the The House of Illustration

Permanent Exhibitions

Shell Heritage Art Collection Exhibition at the National Motor Museum 

From the early days of motoring Shell’s advertising has encouraged a nation to explore the roads of the British countryside.  Take a journey through Shell’s innovative campaigns in a new display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, featuring original artworks, posters, early ephemera, Shell guides, film, sound and interactives for all the family. See visitor information here

Upton House 

Upton House is the former home of a previous Chairman of Shell, Walter Samuel who inherited the title of Lord Bearsted and a love of art from his father Marcus Samuel,a co-founder of Shell. Walter exploited his chairmanship of Shell to foster young and contemporary artists who helped create our posters which spearheaded Shell’s distinctive marketing campaigns in the 1930s.

Some of these posters can be seen in a changing exhibition alongside other fine art works at Upton House, which Walter purchased in 1927 to house his broad collection. A major exhibition of Shell posters and artworks is planned for March 2017. The property, near Banbury, Warwickshire is now owned and cared for by The National Trust and more details can be found here.

Other venues

More Shell Heritage Art Collection items can be seen as a part of larger exhibitons at Nature in Art, Brooklands Museum and Mottisfont Abbey


Graham Sutherland - Life, Work and Ideas Publication 

Brimham Rock, Graham Sutherland, 1937

A new biographical study of respected artist Graham Sutherland titled ‘Graham Sutherland Life Work and Ideas’ will feature a copy of the poster he created for Shell in 1937 - no. 507 Brimham Rock. The author of the publication, Rosalind Thuillier knew Sutherland well (he died in 1980) and she describes not only his landscape inspirations from the Pembrokeshire countryside, but also his time as an official war artist, and his friendships inside and outside the art world.

The paperback and ebook is now on sale and available to order from Lutterworth Press


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