Phillip Poole sold and repaired pen nibs for cartoonists all over the world from his shop ‘His Nibs’ at 182 Drury Lane and in later years from a concession within iconic London art supplies shop L.Cornelissen & son. He owned the largest collection of pen nibs in the world, and was internationally renowned for his unparalleled nib knowledge, and talent for sourcing the rarest of pens.
‘Dear Mr. Poole’ exhibition displays a never-before-seen collection of illustrated letters written to Poole from cartoonists around the world, such as Ralph Steadman, who Poole famously developed a friendship with over many years. This charming personal collection acts as a love letter to the often-overlooked tools of the trade as well as providing a unique snapshot of the international cartoonist community, from Serbia to Scotland, New York to Brazil, in the late 20th century.
The display also shows a selection of objects from Philip’s personal collection, on loan from the Museum of Writing, and a collaboration with students from the London Film School, interviewing cartoonists and comic artists about the materials and processes they use to make their work.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of special talks and events. There will also be a variety of regular weekly events, including live dip pen demonstrations, and a pop-up ink lab.
Ticket included in admission price of £8.50 with concessions. Under 18s, registered disabled and their carer are FREE. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult