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Exhibitions of posters and original artwork selected from the Shell Art Collection can regularly be seen at galleries and museums across the country.


Quadriga Gallery, London - Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England 

Poster 297 That's Shell That Was - road and car

12 February - 6 July 2014

The motor car transformed England's towns and countryside, changing our working and living patterns, our landscapes to carscapes. See five of the early iconic Shell Art Collection posters alongside dramatic aerial photography photographs showing the surprising grandeur of motorway design.  This English Heritage exhibition explores how our motoring heritage has developed its own art and architecture. For opening times please see here

People Prefer at Upton House, near Banbury 

Poster 544 Blondes and Brunettes prefer Shell

27 April – 30 December 2014

Why not make a day trip to this beautiful National Trust property and gardens? Alongside the permanent exhibition at Upton House, formerly owned by Shell Chairman Walter Samuel 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882-1948), a new exhibition showing original paintings alongside posters from our ‘People Prefer Shell’ collection can be viewed. Please see opening times here

Works from the collection can also be seen at the following exhibitions: 

Southampton City Art Gallery – The Artists Rifles

11 January – 14 June 2014 find out more here 


The Treasure House in Beverley - Gallery Two

3rd May – 5th July 2014  find out more here


Llanthony Priory at Abergavenny Museum

24 May – 28 September 2014 find out more here


Acquisition for the Collection 

In December 2013 the Shell Art Collection were delighted to acquire the painting ‘Box Hill’ by Charles Mozley. This original oil painting was commissioned by Shell and went on to become the poster, or ‘Lorry Bill’ no. 1551 and was displayed on the side of the Shell delivery lorries from 1952 onwards.  Between 1938 and 1952 the artist Charles Mozley painted four other works that become Lorry Bills for the Shell Art Collection.

This image typically promotes the leisure activity of the era –family day trips to places of interest. Box Hill, part of the North Downs near Tadworth in Surrey, is now owned by The National Trust and is still a popular tourist destination today.


Shell 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.


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