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Ralph Steadman has an international reputation and is the recipient of numerous awards. His illustrated books have been translated into several languages, his art has been exhibited all around the world and he has inspired many other artists.

This special exhibition, put together by the Cartoon Museum, celebrates Steadman’s long and illustrious career as one of the most important graphic artists of the last fifty years.

The exhibition presents the full range of Steadman’s work. On display are many of his early cartoons published by Private Eye and Punch, including his earliest published cartoon from the July 1956 Manchester Evening Chronicle, as well as his later pieces for The New York Times and Observer.

Many of Steadman’s famous ‘gonzo’ works from his collaboration with the writer Hunter S. Thompson are also on display, including his iconic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas illustrations.

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Alongside these are his seminal children’s books illustrations like The Big I am, Animal Farm and Through the Looking-Glass, demonstrating his range. Steadman’s more recent atmospheric wine drawings produced for Oddbins and his sketches of ‘boids’ can also be seen.

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective
Saturday 6 December 2014 – Saturday 28 February 2015
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
Maidstone, Kent
UK

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