Vile Bodies dustjacket

    The art of Waugh

    17 July 2017

    Antiquarian bookseller, Maggs Bros, is celebrating the recent opening of its new home in Bedford Square, in the heart of Bloomsbury, with an exhibition of artworks by Evelyn Waugh. The celebrated novelist initially had ambitions to become a visual artist and the exhibition, which runs from July 18-28, showcases  illustrations for his own books and others, alongside other artworks and exhibits.

    Highlights of the show include a manuscript of Waugh’s second book, Vile Bodies, including a colour proof of his design for the dust jacket and title page illustration, a selection of drawings by Waugh for Oxford undergraduate magazines Cherwell and The Oxford Broom, and a painting by invented artist, Bruno Hat, a hoax that was, in part, masterminded by Waugh in 1929. Co-curator Ed Maggs says the aim of the exhibition is to show that Waugh’s ‘black humour and vicious irony found as equal an expression in his artwork as in his writing.’ See below for a sneak preview of the exhibition. For more information, go here.

    An illustration from The New Cherwell

    Dustjacket for Scoop, 1938

    Napoleon, ‘by’ Bruno Hat (1929)

    Untitled drawing by Waugh

    Europe Listens – another illustration by Waugh for Cherwell

    Drinking Alone (1923)

    Children of the Peace cover illustration by Waugh