Where to see the Shell Heritage Art Collection

Shell poster exhibition at Dansk Plakatmuseum Aarhus
Shell exhibition at Mottisfont 2017
Shell exhibition booth at NMM

Items from the collection can be seen in our permanent exhibition in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, or in the following temporary exhibitions:

A new selection of 1920s Shell Lorry Bills at Upton House

25th March 2017 – 31st March 2018  

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Artists Prefer Shell, John Armstrong

Over 30 original Shell lorry bills and paintings from our collection have been loaned 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 like 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.’

Poster Girls – A century of art and design, London Transport Museum

13 Oct 2017 – 31 Jan 2019

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Antiquaries Prefer Shell, Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, 1934

We are pleased to loan an original poster to this exhibition that shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years.

With over 150 posters and original artworks on display, this exhibition attempts to recognise some of these forgotten design heroines and reveal the hidden stories behind their work.

Included in the exhibition is Rosemary Ellis, a graphic artist and illustrator who worked with her husband Clifford Ellis to design posters for Shell, The Empire Marketing Board and the General Post Office, as well as London Transport.

 Designs on Britain, The Jewish Museum, London

19 Oct 2017 – 15 Apr 2018

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Journalists use Shell, Zero-Hans Schleger, 1938

20th century design in the UK was profoundly shaped by the arrival of pioneering Jewish émigré designers from continental Europe. They brought with them a knowledge of modernism and radically transformed the practice and language of British design.

This exhibition at the Jewish Museum includes iconic posters for London Underground, the General Post Office and the War Office created by designers including Dorrit Dekk, FHK Henrion and Hans Schleger. We are pleased to loan the poster ‘Journalists Use Shell’ by Hans Schleger.

 The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

20th Jan – 7th May 2018

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Farmers Prefer Shell, Denis Constanduros, 1934

Curated by Adam Sutherland this ambitious exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. The presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives.  Works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, include Farmers Prefer Shell by Denis Constanduros, work by Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger.

 Other venues

More Shell Heritage Art Collection items can be seen as a part of larger exhibitions at Nature in Art,  Brooklands MuseumMottisfont.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website