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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 released for sale from 30th April 2015 by Lutterworth Press and is available to order here: Lutterworth Press

Temporary Exhibitions

Tokens of Love at Oxfordshire Museum, 9th Jan- 13th March 2016 

Shell Valentine Card, 1949.

Shell Valentine Card, 1949.

This exhibition, featuring our newly conserved Valentine card collection, explores the Valentine from the 1840s onwards, including novelty and satirical pieces. The collection includes cards sent anonymously by Shell to it's female customers and Victorian Valentines acquired by the Collection when the Valentine shop on The Strand (close to Shell Centre) closed in 1964.

Alongside are objects used as love tokens, from bobbins and corset stays to rings and photographs, via smocks and samplers.

Find out more from Oxfordshire Museum



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. The property is now owned and cared for by The National Trust, more details can be found here


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