The Age of Glamour: R. S. Sherriffs' Stars of Stage & Screen

11 Sep - 24 Dec 2013
A unique collection of glamorous 1920s and 1930s portraits on display for the first time.
The 1920s and '30s were the Golden Age of Hollywood and a vibrant time for London's West End.  Chronicling the era was R. S. Sherriffs, who drew dramatic stage and film caricatures for magazines such as Radio Times, London Calling and, especially, The Sketch.  The Age of Glamour ranges from large star portraits of Greta Garbo and Charles Laughton to ensemble drawings featuring Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft in Romeo and Juliet and musical numbers from No! No! Nanette.  Vivien Leigh appears in the play which provided her first big break.  Sherriffs' elegant flowing line, tending at times towards sculptural abstraction, and highly stylised use of texture and pattern conjure up the glamour of the era.