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The new A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection 

The A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Introducing the A to Z of the Shell Heritage Art Collection. Take a journey through the alphabet to discover fascinating facts and images from the archive of posters, press and memorabilia from the Shell brand. 

View the A to Z here


Temporary Exhibitions

The New Line at De La Warr Pavilion, 10 Dec 2016 - Sun 12 March 2017 

Rye Marshes, Paul Nash, 1932

The movement of people and ideas is key to understanding global modernism. Presenting examples from America, mainland Europe and the United Kingdom, this exhibition shows how designers from across the Western world influenced each other in the pre-war period.

The exhibition includes Shell posters by McKnight Kauffer, Sutherland, Nash, Eckersley and Lombers.

Find out more from De La Warr Pavilion


Angie Lewin: A Printmaker's Journey 11th March - 30th April 2017 

Gardeners Prefer, Sir Cedric Morris, 1934

We are pleased to loan works by Graham Sutherland and Cedric Morris to the Hampshire Cultural Trust this Spring  in this exhibition that showcases original works by Angie Lewin. The exhibition, curated by Lewin, shows the results of her time sketching the native flora of the clifftops and salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast and Scottish Highlands.

Lewin has also selected works by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Alan Reynolds and Paul Morrison who have influenced her career as an artist and designer.

Find out more about the exhibition at The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre


A new selection of 1920s Shell Lorry Bills at Upton House 25th March 2017 - 31st March 2018 

Artists Prefer Shell, John Armstrong, 1933

We are pleased to loan over 30 original Shell lorry bills and paintings to the National Trust in a new exhibition to celebrate former Shell Chairman Lord Bearsted’s ownership of Upton House. Walter Samuel 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.

'A range of photographic exhibitions and Shell advertising posters from the 1920s will change throughout the year, shedding new light on what life was life for a home buyer in the late 1920s. You can be inspired by displays of fabrics, wallpapers and examples of exquisite taste. Understand about fashion trends and what it takes to create the perfect made to measure home.'

Find out more about the exhibition at Upton House 


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

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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