George Worsley Adamson

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  Exhibitions featuring work by George Adamson
  • Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937

  • Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 1934

  • Liverpool Etchers’ & Engravers’ Exhibition, 1938

  • Royal Academy, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1948 (see Etchings)

  • Kenn Group Exhibition, Exeter School of Art, September 1947

  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery: Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture and Craft work by members of the Exeter School of Art Staff, June 27th to July 29th, 1950

  • SIAD Exhibition Illustration Group, 1957

  • Arts Council: Book Illustration, 1958

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts: British Illustration, 1959

  • Covering Punch, 1960, toured Britain, 1961

  • University of Exeter, Devonshire House, drawings, 1962

  • Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hanover, Punch drawings, 1963, toured Germany 1964

  • Drawings from BBC Publications, 1963

  • East Kent Folkestone Arts Centre: Cartoonists of the British School, 1968

  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter: Adamson, a one-man show, 1968

  • London Hamlet Behind the Clown show, 1972

  • Galerie Génot, Paris: L’Humour Actuel franco-britannique: 200 dessins [Franco-British Humour Today: 200 drawings], 20 November 1974 -- 10 December 1974, but extended

  • Ilkley Literature Festival, An exhibition in honour of Ted Hughes, devised and presented by Keith Sagar to mark the poet’s involvement in the Ilkley Literature Festival, May 27-31, 1975 (Church House, Church Street, Ilkley)

  • Famous British Cartoonists, The London Gallery, N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, May 19th to June 15th, 1975
    ‘Many [cartoons] such as those by George Adamson almost leave the field of illustrations to become technically speaking fine art’, Betje Howell, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, July 15th 1975

  • Market Print Gallery, Exeter, George Adamson Cartoons Christmas Show, 1976?

  • The University of Liverpool, Senate House, Abercromby Square Contemporary British Artists: an exhibition of work donated to the Rural Preservation Association, 1977: no. 30: Boy and Seal; no. 31: Man, woman and Child

  • Market Print Gallery, Exeter, Etchings, 30th September - 31st October, 1978

  • Humorous Art, 1978

  • SouthEast Art Centres, Fantasy Books and Illustrations, 1979

  • Ilkley Literature Festival, Lord Gnome Show, 1979

  • The Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, Illustrations to Ted Hughes Poems, 1979. Exhibition organised by Mark Haworth-Booth, Assistant Keeper of Photographs, Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs

  • City Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, The Art of Ted Hughes: An exhibition to mark the poet’s fiftieth birthday, devised and presented by Keith Sagar, 12 August - 7 September, 1980

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 17th January - 12th February, 1981

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 8th - 28th June, 1981 (99th Exhibition)

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 20th March - 10th April, 1982 (Centenary Exhibition)

  • Eye Art at Hamilton’s, drawings from the Denis Thatcher letters books, 1982

  • Exposition des artistes d’Exeter, Maison du Champs de Mars, Rennes, 1982: etchings exhibited: The Onedin Line, Peacocks, St Andrews Cathedral, Caerphilly Castle

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 30th October - 26th November, 1982 (101st Exhibition)

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 26th October - 27th November, 1983 (103rd Exhibition)

  • The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 18th September - 11th October, 1987 (111th Exhibition)

  • The Royal Festival Hall, London, Punch 150th Anniversary Exhibition, 11 October-17 November 1991

  • National Portrait Gallery, Eyetimes: 35 years of Private Eye, 1996

  • A permanent display of photographs of a selection of Adamson’s work at the Imperial Hotel, Exeter, 1996

  • British Library, The Page is Printed: a Ted Hughes exhibition, 7 November 2003 until 24 February 2004

  • McLean Museum, Greenock, Inverclyde’s War: an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of hostilities, August 2005: reproduction of several of Adamson’s wartime drawings of RAF Greenock

  • Cartoon Museum, London, Private Eye at 45: an exhibition to mark the 45th anniversary of the founding of Private Eye, 26 October 2006 to 4 February 2007: featuring two of Adamson’s drawings illustrating Auberon Waugh’s Diary and an unpublished drawing to mark Private Eye’s 21st birthday in 1983

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Private Eye: The First 50 Years, 18 October 2011 to 8 January 2012: featuring Adamson’s cover drawing for One for the Road: By the authors of ‘Dear Bill’

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, George W. Adamson: A Twentieth-Century Illustrator, 3 April to 30 September 2012

  • British Library (Folio Society Gallery), London, Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics, 4 October 2013 to 26 January 2014 : featuring the cover design for The Iron Man

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