Louis Valentine

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This body of work by Louis Valentine, artist and illustrator, spans the middle decades of the 20th century and embodies a British illustrative tradition. His monochrome drawings exemplify his talents as an illustrator; depicting childhood activities such as net fishing, dinghy sailing and ballet practise, they appear to be the original artwork for children’s books. Executed directly in ink and wash, he brilliantly captures natural poses and expressions. The collection also includes landscape and coastal views which have a strong illustrative quality. In vivid watercolour tones, Valentine characteristically uses additions of pen and ink, bodycolour and scratching out to pick out foreground detail and breathe life into a scene. Whilst most views are typically British, the collection also includes paintings of Durban, South Africa and St Mark's Square in Venice.