A Visual Feast of Books and Food

Paul BeliveauFor the Love of Books, Plus One Gallery, 89 – 91 Pimlico Road, London SW1, until 28th November 2015

Paul Beliveau "Vanitas 15.08.19: English Musicians" Acrylic on canvas 91 x 91 cm Copyright of Plus One Gallery

Paul Beliveau
“Vanitas 15.08.19: English Musicians”
Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91 cm
Copyright of Plus One Gallery

This Canadian-based artist brings us into a world of oversized books, some real and some imaginary.  It is both a celebration and examination of culture with the books being divided by themes such as music, art and history.  I am envious of the tidy way in which he displays these tomes that reflect times present and past.

Paul Beliveau "Vanitas 11.07.12: Holbein - Grace" Acrylic on canvas 91 x 91 cm Copyright of Plus One Gallery

Paul Beliveau
“Vanitas 11.07.12: Holbein – Grace”
Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91 cm
Copyright of Plus One Gallery



A Seasonal Feast by Mimi Roberts & Alice-Andrea Ewing, Potterton Books London, 93 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1, until 30th November 2015

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This is certainly an appetising show for the senses combining Mimi’s still life’s of fruit, fish and vegetables inspired by the 16th and 17th century artists of Holland, Italy and Spain with the bronze sculptures of Alice-Andrea’s ‘Organic Series’. The latter, cast directly from the natural, features chillies, aubergines, apples, walnuts and figs as the subject matter.

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The Beatles – Abbey Road

The Photographs & Photobooks Sale, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1,
Friday 21st November 2014.


I do wonder whether the Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan (1938-2006) thought that the final cover shot for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album would become so enduringly popular. The zebra crossing used in the shots has become a major attraction for Beatles fans from around the world, so much so that it is now Grade II listed.


He actually said of it in 1989 “That photo’s been called an icon of the 60s. I suppose it is. I think the reason it became so popular is its simplicity. It’s a very simple, stylised shot. Also it’s a shot people can relate to. It’s a place where people can still walk.”


I can assure you, living not far away, that they do and taking a photo on the crossing is almost de rigueur for visitors.


Abbey Road was The Beatles’ last recorded album and Macmillan, who was a friend of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, was asked to take possible cover shots for both the front and back covers. So on the 8th August 1969, the photographer climbed a ladder in the middle of Abbey Road and for the next ten minutes took six photographs of them walking back and forth over the crossing. It was Paul McCartney who chose the fifth image to be the album’s cover. When taking the road sign for the back cover a young girl in a blue dress walked through the shot to the photographer’s annoyance. However as you know this became the shot used.


Although an individual ‘outtake’ print of The Beatles walking ‘backwards’ was sold by Bloomsbury Auctions in May 2012 for £16,000 it is thought that this is the first time that a complete signed and numbered suite of the photographs has come under the hammer. Their estimate is £50,000-£70,000 and they will be on view from the 16th November until the auction on the Friday.