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“From Landscape to Abstraction” 

Stemp        Ball 

The paintings of Julia Ball and Isobel Stemp
October 25th - November 5th 2016 at Cambridge Gallery

Private View – Monday 24th October 6 – 8pm
RSVP by e-mail, or telephone 01223 694264

'From Landscape to Abstraction' presents the paintings of Julia Ball and Isobel Stemp, two Cambridge-based artists whose works take inspiration from their environments, both local and further afield, and whose work transports us far beyond the literal. Colour is a uniting concern: both painters are highly sensitive colourists with a range that extends from extreme delicacy to full-bodied vibrancy, and on a scale from jewel-like miniatures to panoramic canvasses. Their qualities of light derive from extensive studies made en plein air, and the transformation from the landscape to the canvas often involves a distillation of their subjects into pure qualities of luminescence, resulting in a landscape-based abstraction.

Julia Ball has been exploring the East Anglian countryside in such ways for fifty years. Her works can reference specific places - a particular fen for example - but also abstract qualities, as she communicates essences that transcend time and place. She is also an accomplished printmaker, having first studied printing techniques at Reading University. A strong sense of design underpins many of her works, although her geometries increasingly have become softened and only residually present.

Isobel Stemp delights too in the open landscapes of the fen, but has produced many fine sequences further afield, including recently in Northumberland. There is a great rhythmic variety to her work, with rapid expressionistic brushwork counterpointed by wide spaces of contemplative calm. Contrasting rhythmic energies are found in her cityscapes, in which artificial lighting comes into play; and in her intimate still lives with their pared-down, balanced forms.



Bernard Leach 1887-1979
April 19 - 30 Oxford
May 3 - 14 Cambridge

An exhibition in Oxford and Cambridge of a group of previously unseen drawings

Bernard Leach. drawing

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Drawings by Bernard Leach

An exhibition of previously unseen drawings by celebrated potter and founder of the Leach Pottery in St. Ives Cornwall, Bernard Leach.

The exhibiton will run for 4 weeks in April and May (2 weeks at our gallery space in North Oxford and 2 weeks in our Cambridge gallery.)



Michael Randall 1947-2000
June/July 2016

An exhibition in Oxford and Cambridge of work by Michael Randall

Michael Randall. Tea Party
study for Tea Party
Acrylic on card, 1994

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A solo exhibition devoted to the work of Michael Randall, skilled colourist and figurative artist.

The exhibiton will run for 4 weeks in June and July (2 weeks at our gallery space in North Oxford and 2 weeks in our Cambridge gallery.)



William Marshall and Leach-related Ceramics
2 – 14 November 2010

To launch the limited edition book by Peter Maber:
William Marshall: Organic Vision

Peter Maber: William Marshall: Organic Vision

Limited edition of 1,000 Copies available from the gallery - £15

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

William Marshall. Bottle vase William Marshall. Yunomi William Marshall. Yunomi

William Marshall. Bottle vase and two yunomi

An exhibition of ceramics by the great Leach potter William (Bill) Marshall (1923-2007), to launch the new limited edition book by Peter Maber, William Marshall: Organic Vision. William Marshall began working at the Leach pottery aged just 14, and went on to devote his life to ceramics. This first book on the remarkable potter contains an essay and 37 colour plates, which bring the pots out into the West Cornwall landscapes that were one of Marshall’s primary influences.  Also in the show will be pots with a Leach connection, including work by Bernard and David Leach, Kenneth Quick, Trevor Corser, Andrew Marshall, Matthew Tyas and Amanda Brier, and some excellent examples of ‘Standard Ware.’

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Leach Pottery standard ware; William Marshall pots; Matthew Tyas. Lidded vessel; Amanda Brier. Willow vase; Amanda Brier pots



Cambridge Book & Print Gallery


Watercolours, prints, ceramics and illustrations until 23 December 2006
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Ashley Bolch. Copshall Barn  David Jones. Nativity with Ox and Ass   James Lloyd. Christmas Greetings  Alfred Bestall. Rupert and his Mother   Chris Prindl. Ceramics  Raymond Briggs. Snow Hill


St Ives and Contexts, 1901-2008


14 October - 8 November 2008

Jack Pender. Moored Boat
Jack Pender (1918 –1998) Moored boat, watercolour and gouache, signed

St Ives and Contexts, 1901-2008’ at Cambridge Book & Print Gallery

This colourful show focuses on the St Ives art colony on the north coast of Cornwall, encompassing more than a century of diverse and inspiring art. Major international names such as Christopher Wood, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, and Patrick Heron mingle with lesser-known artists, with painting, drawing, and print-making all well represented. Also included is a fine selection of ceramics by Trevor Corser, of Leach Pottery fame.

14th October – 8th November.

For further information, please contact Charlotte Arnold at or on 01223 694 264.




Piers Browne


The Handmade Book & Show of its Etchings


15 - 26 April 2008

The artist will be in the gallery lunchtime on the 15th and from lunchtime till close on the 26th

Piers Browne. "Great Shoals of Leaves..."

Piers Browne, from an Etching about 6 inches high by the artist-poet as reproduced in Piers' latest large handmade book SONNETS FOR A SIREN, published by the artist in 2008 in a limited edition of 20.


Cambridge Book & Print Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of Piers Browne’s new handmade book, Sonnets for a Siren, on Tuesday 15th April 2008. From 16th-26th April the gallery will also play host to a display of a selection of Piers’ finest etchings from this and from many of his previous illustrated books.

SONNETS FOR A SIREN took Browne five years to write and illustrate and contains twenty-seven sonnets on love, infused with themes drawn from Britain’s rich coastal life and the seas that surround our island. Browne’s preparatory drawings for the nineteen etchings - both in colour and black-and-white - that accompany the sonnets were made in some of Britain’s most celebrated coastal areas, such as Zennor in Cornwall, Freshwater Bay, Shanklin and Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight.

Browne’s etchings and paintings have won many well-known admirers over the years, including Prince Charles and Melvyn Bragg. Indeed, Prince Charles commented after buying one of Browne’s books: "I find the etchings hauntingly and evocatively beautiful. In fact, having seen your work, I hardly dare do any more painting myself."

For further information, please contact Charlotte Arnold at or on 01223 694 264.



Edward Ardizzone 1900-1979
Cambridge Book & Print Gallery

31 May-30 June 2007

Edward Ardizzone. The Lady next Door

Edward Ardizzone. The Lady Next Door, Watercolour on paper, c. 1974, Signed with initials

Including 24 original pen & ink drawings and watercolours, as well as a fine group of Curwen Press prints, 'Edward Ardizzone' at the Cambridge Book & Print Gallery presents a rare opportunity to see a broad range of the celebrated illustrator's works, many of them for the very first time outside the pages of the books that they illustrate.

Eleanor Farjeon's 'The Little Bookroom' won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Ardizzone said of his drawings for the book: "All Childhood is there, all I feel about childhood in the dim recesses where that part of me still lives." Ten of Ardizzone's best drawings for 'The Little Bookroom' form the heart of the exhibition and reveal the illustrator at the very height of his powers.

Ardizzone's observation of the atmosphere of childhood, of the world conjured by children's writers for whose books these drawings were commissioned, was acute, yet the works themselves appeal in their intricacy, intimacy and beauty equally to children and adults alike.

All original works in the exhibition date from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Prices range from £150 for the Curwen Press prints to £5,200 for the major watercolour, 'The Lady Next Door.'

For further information and press images, please contact Charlotte Arnold at or on 01223 694 264.


Cambridge Book & Print Gallery


Works by Modern British Artists
from Eileen Agar to Fred Yates

6th March - 7th April

Fred Yates. La Toscane

Fred Yates (British, b. 1922) La Toscane, Watercolour and crayon on paper, signed and titled in pencil

49, Newnham Road, Cambridge



Cambridge Book & Print Gallery



Watercolours, prints, ceramics and drawings

until 23 December 2006
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Terry Frost. Christmas Tree  Joan Hickson. Postman Pat  David Jones. Nativity  Timothy Marwood. Thomas the Tank Engine  Chris Prindl. Ceramics  Mid 20th century watercolour. Venice


Cambridge Book & Print Gallery



Russell Reeve RE, RBA (British, 1895-1970)

Watercolours, prints and drawings

2nd June - 30th June 2006
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5.30pm.

Russell Reeve. At the Fairground
At the Fairground, Watercolour and crayon on paper, signed by the artist, 37 x 39 cm.






Edward Ardizzone. Woman with dog

Edward Ardizzone CBE RA RI (British 1900-1979): a selection of the artist's original drawings, book related work and prints. (Spring, 2007)

Russell Sidney Reeve. The Fair, Norwich

Russell Sidney Reeve RE RBA (British, 1895-1970): watercolours and drawings.

Robert Austin. Recumbent Nude

Robert Sargeant Austin RA PRE PRWS (British 1895-1973): drawings.

Bob Godfrey. Roobarb

Annual selection of original work by illustrators

The 2004 Cambridge Bookfair


The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge
Friday 27th February: Noon - 6pm
Saturday 28th February: 10am - 5pm

Along with 64 other specialist book dealers we will be exhibiting a selection of our books, prints and photographs
during this two-day event.
admission: £1

May 2003

Exhibition of Watercolours
by Peter Foster (British, b. 1917)

Peter Foster. The Pollachara stone and the Sound of Eriskay Peter Foster Cromarty Firth - sunset 1936

17 - 31st May
Private View: Friday 16th May, from 6pm - 8.30pm
The artist will be present to sign copies of his book
Tuesdays - Fridays: 11am -5pm
Wednesdays late viewing until 7pm
Saturdays: 10.30am - 6pm
at the Cambridge Book & Print Gallery, 67 Norfolk Street, Cambridge

Peter Foster was born in 1919 and educated at Eton and Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. He was encouraged to paint at an early age and was taught by Robin Darwin. After the war he qualified as an architect and was the Surveyor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey from 1973-1988. He has exhibited with the Cambridge Drawing Society, The Norwich Art Circle, the Huntingdon Art Group and the Royal Academy. In 1989 the Judd Street Gallery held a major solo exhibition of paintings executed over a fifty year period. In 2000 a book of his work was published. Alan Powers. Holiday painter: Watercolours 1935-1998. Peter Foster, copies of which will be on sale during the exhibition.

Send us an email if you wish to attend the preview and drinks evenings or want an invite for any event.

December 2002

Celebrating Illustration 2002

During the month of December, The Cambridge Book & Print Gallery will be celebrating illustration with a wide array of illustrated books and a selection of fine original illustrations by a variety of artists. Of note are original drawings by Edward Ardizzone and John Ward. On a more modern front, we have an original illustration of "everybody's favourite cloth cat," the inimitable Bagpuss by his creators Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.

Peter Firmin. Bagpuss

Other illustrations of interest are collages and drawings by the award-winning Jan Pienkowski for his well-loved tales for children of Meg and Mog. As well as illustrations by two artists for Rupert the Bear, Alfred Bestall and John Harrold, and a small inscribed sketch of Captain Pugwash by John Ryan. We will also have an exciting range of children's books and copies of all the published books that the illustrations were prepared for. With prices starting at £80 for framed illustrations and £10 for books there will be something to suit every budget, enabling our clients to give a truly original Christmas present this year.
Catalogue and Price list available on the Web in December.

June 2002

In a Naked Light: Viren Sahai's Drawings from the Nude

Viren Sahai. Recumbent Nude

Viren Sahai, born in Uttar Pradesh, spent his childhood in northern India and as a young man worked as a draughtsman in Rangoon, saving money to come to England and study architecture. Upon his arrival in England, Viren’s life changed. It was not so much the sudden shift in cultures, climate or citizenry, but rather the wonderful power of the works of art he saw during a visit to the Tate Gallery within a few days of his arrival that had the greatest impact on Viren. Never having been to a museum or an art gallery before, he was so moved by the works of Henry Moore, Matisse, Turner and Cézanne he saw there that, determined to pursue a career as an artist, he enrolled at the Central School of Arts in London.

Viren works across a wide range of media and motifs, from large-scale oil and acrylic paintings to more intimate and wonderfully assured line drawings of architectural motifs (see: Discovering a Historic City: Cambridge, RIBA, 1994); from earlier inspired by the landscapes of England, France and India to a later preoccupation with the human figure. Over the last fifteen years, Viren has returned to India several times to visit the sculptures at Khajuraho and Konarak and the frescos in the caves of Ajanta. The abstraction of the sculptures and the representational quality of the frescoes, created more than one thousand years ago, continue to mystify and amaze himpresents a series of intimate and revelatory pencil studies of the nude that the artist creates on a regular basis to ‘keep his eye in’. These wonderfully pared-down drawings capture the subtle and constantly changing emotional landscape of the human figure through the pure use of volumetric line, without any shadows because of Viren’s belief that shadows and the play of light on the human form are ephemeral.

Viren had a one-man show while still a student, and this early success led to the inclusion of his work in a number of group exhibitions, including the Commonwealth Biennale of Abstract Art on three occasions. Over the years, he has had four one-man shows in London and has also exhibited in Paris, Oxford and Cambridge.

Gallery Reviews

Cambridge Evening News
Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Formally known as prints
JOANNA NORRIS reports on an exhibition of graphic art at a new gallery.
A NEW Cambridge gallery is taking its first fine art steps with a bold and eclectic juxtaposition of modern masters. Cambridge Book Auctions and Gallery opened in May with an exhibition of photographs and is now following the successful opening with its first foray into fine art: an exhibition including a Matisse Blue Nude and a Warhol Marilyn Monroe screenprint. Printmaking: Modern Masters opened on Saturday at the Norfolk Street Gallery and, as well as Matisse and Warhol, includes prints by Russian-French artist Marc Chagnall and Spaniard Joan Miro. Also on the walls will be works by experimental British engraver Stanley William Hayter, who established the Parisian Atelier 17 studio which housed works by Picasso, Dali and Chagall. It is the Parisian link which loosely binds the Cambridge exhibition thematically. All were French or worked in France and were closely associated with a network of experimental printmakers.

A long-time Cambridge resident, Simon said: "I saw the need for regeneration of Norfolk Street and felt that an art gallery and bookshop would be the ideal venture, combining the best in colourful, inventive modern art with antiquarian and first edition modern books." Cambridge Book & Print Gallery also house and deal in a collection of antique and classic books, including first editions of T S Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Graham Greene and Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. Art and books range in price from £3 to £600.

* Printmaking: Modern Masters runs until July 21, Cambridge Book & Print Gallery, 67 Norfolk Street,Cambridge.Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

Review from Adhoc (Cambridge, July 2001)

Preview: Modern Masters at the Cambridge Book & Print Gallery

If your travels ever take you along Norfolk Street, you'll know that recent times have seen some changes to this very interesting area. One of its newer additions is Cambridge Book & Print Gallery, which has a permanent collection of antiquarian books alongside fine prints, woodcuts, lithographs and photographs, including some superb old images of Cambridge.
This month sees a very impressive collection of prints from some instantly recognizable modern masters including Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Lanskoy and others, so if you are an art lover, or buyer, now's your chance to set your eyes upon some excellent modern masterpieces, and find out what else is on offer in the process.

Print-Making: Modern Masters
Cambridge Book & Print Gallery
67 Norfolk Street, T: 361444
Until Saturday 21st July, 10:00 – 18:00

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