Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow on Ian Ribbons

A painting of Ian's appeared on the 6th March 2011 edition of the Antiques Roadshow. The picture is a large oil painted in 1958 of a fish shop in Putney (one of several similar paintings produced around this time). 

Here's the link to the video of Ian on the Antique's Roadshow, courtesy of BBC Antiques Roadshow: click here (external site)

Trafalgar Article

Ian wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph in 1968, about his new book '21 October 1805' (based on the same format as his highly commended Gettysburg book), which described the day of the Battle of Trafalger from contemporary reports, diaries and eyewitness accounts. 

Click here to view the article on Ian's art blog page

About Ian Ribbons

Ian Ribbons was born in 1924 and trained at the Royal College of Art. He was a visiting lecturer at St. Martin's School of Art, and also at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He wrote (and illustrated) six books, gave lectures and made an extended tour of the U.S.A. and Canada. Ian was a prolific illustrator, his fine pen, ink and wash adorning books by Kipling, Dickens and Maupassant amongst many others . One of Ian's own books about the The Battle of Gettysburg was a highly commended entry for the Carnegie Prize in 1974.

Although he made many studies of landscape, his paintings have always been rooted in an interest in people in action; once he made over 60 portraits of coal miners, shipyard workers and men and women during a week's location in Newcastle for a B.B.C. film. He also produced a large number of oils painted on location around Billingsgate Market depicting the fish porters working in the early morning. Ian was also fascinated by the effects of light upon buildings and people, often recording the intensity of a sunrise over the city.

When working on the spot in gouache or watercolour he worked to capture the passing moments of street-life in cities like Bologna, London or Amsterdam, and during one sea voyage the daily life on board a Royal Navy warship. Movement and light were Ian's inspiration and his work faithfully captured these elements. Ian died in 2002.

Click here to read an autobiographical article Ian wrote in1997»


Victoria and Albert Museum Print Collection
Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Prints and Drawings
Abbey National
A.T. and T.
Barclay's Bank International
Crown Suppliers
Folio Society
Friends Providential
G.E. Capital
G.L. Hudson
GRE Properties
Mappin and Webb
Speechly Bircham
Sumitomo Corporation Japan
Shell Chemicals
Mitsukoshi (UK)
National Westminster Bank
Mural in Conrad Hotel, Chelsea Harbour
British Commonwealth
Dow Chemicals
Ian McCall International
N.C.C. Property
Herbert Smith
Tlillier Parker
Warburg  Securities


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