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by Royston

Must-see cartoon exhibitions

May 18, 2009 in Comment

There are many fine exhibitions to see in London at the moment, all have been covered in detail here on the Bloghorn. Here’s a round-up in “last chance to see” order.


Barry Fantoni – Public Eye, Private Eye, above, cartoons and paintings, at the Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery, Old Bond Street. Open 10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday. Until May 22

Posy Simmonds’ original artwork from the 1970s to the 1990s at the new offices of Guardian News and Media, Kings Place, 90 York Way. Open daily from 10am – 6 pm, admission free. Until June 4

The Definitive Thelwell at the Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s. Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm. Until June 6


Yankee Doodles! Barack Obama in Cartoons, above (cartoon by Christian Adams), at the Political Cartoon Gallery, 32 Store Street. Open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and on Saturdays between 11.30am – 5.30pm. Until June 13

Maggie! Maggie! Maggie! – Margaret Thatcher, Mother of the Nation or Monster from the Blue Lagoon at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 12pm to 5.30pm. Until July 26

by Royston

The other side of cartoonist Barry Fantoni

April 9, 2009 in General


Barry Fantoni with his Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Woodstock Gallery, 1963

The exhibition Barry Fantoni: Public Eye, Private Eye is at the Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery, in Old Bond Street, London, from April 22 until May 22.

Barry Fantoni has had a long association with Private Eye magazine since 1963, and remains a member of the editorial staff, currently drawing the regular “Scenes You Seldom See” cartoon. He also writes the magazine’s comic obituary poems as “E. J. Thribb, 17” and is the man behind the stories by “Sylvie Krin”.

But his private life as a painter, creating landscapes, interiors and images of friends and lovers since the 1960s, will be revealed for the first time in this new exhibition, alongside his cartoons. The paintings show Fantoni to be part of the influential London School, whose most famous exponents are David Hockney, Lucien Freud and R.B. Kitaj.


Barry Fantoni, Lorna, c.1975, 101.5 x 76 cm, oil on canvas

Fantoni was the front-page cartoonist for The Times from 1983-1990, a regular illustrator for Radio Times and The Listener, art critic for The Times and a music reviewer for Punch. He was presenter on the BBC’s 1960s music and fashion programme “A Whole Scene Going On” and cartoonist for the satirical show “That Was The Week That Was”.

Barry Fantoni, Cheer up, March 1990

A catalogue for the exhibition, with an introduction by former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams, is published by Thomas Williams to accompany the exhibition.

The Thomas Williams Fine Art Gallery is open 10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday. For more call 020-7491 1485 or visit the website.

There’s more on Barry Fantoni in The Independent this week.