Club archives

Smoking Conversazione invitation 1907

The London Sketch Club holds, in storage, archival material dating back to the club’s foundation. For details of items, and to arrange access, please email


Photographs and ephemera

  • Ian Hassall’s Scrapbook
  • Albums containing photographs and ephemera presented by Robert Cole, Frederick Hill, R.L. Tumelty, F.G. Goldring, R.A.J. Malby, G.H. Stringer, Peter Blake, William S. Bavin, L.A. D’Arcy Pearce, Clay Thomas, Lewis D.M. Gavin, Oliver Brabbins, Oliver Robinson, G. Robert Cole, Frederick Mancini.
  • A wallet containing London Sketch Club, Chelsea Arts Club and Savage Club ephemera
  • Framed photographs forming part of the Centenary Exhibition

Administrative books and documents

  • Minute books, 1898-1908, 1908-1925, 1952-1967, 1967-1972, 1982-1987, 1951?-1994
  • Membership books, 1898-1906, 1898-1911, 1899-1910, 1905-1925
  • Founder members addresses, 1898-1904 Membership application forms, 1905-1925
  • Historic autograph book
  • Visitors book, 1967-1977
  • Architectural plans: Wells Street premises

Published books and journals

  • Sketchpad back numbers
  • London Sketch Club vol 1 and 2
  • The London Sketch Club. 1978. David Cuppleditch
  • London Sketch Club, vols 1 and 2
  • William Heath Robinson. James Hamilton
  • A Phil May Medley. Phil May
  • The Jackals. Bill Bavin (mss)
  • The Night Side of London. Robert Machray
  • Brush Pen and Pencil, the book of Frank Reynolds. A.E. Johnson
  • Cecil Aldin. The story of a sporting artist. Roy Heron
  • My line of life. Heath Robinson
  • The London Sketch Club. 1994. David Cuppleditch
  • In Red and Black. Bert Thomas Absurdities. Heath Robinson
  • The man who was H.M.Bateman. Anthony Anderson
  • The John Hassall Lifestyle. David Cuppleditch
  • Humours of Golf. Heath Robinson
  • Phil May, the artist and his wit. David Cuppleditch
  • Social Caricature in the Eighteenth Century. George Paston
  • Phil May’s Sketch-Book. Phil May
  • The Art of E.A. Rickards. E.A. Rickards
  • The Art of the Illustrator, Bert Thomas and his work. Percy Bradshaw
  • The Wapping Group, The first fifty years John Hassall published by John Sandford

Unpublished books and journals

HL Oakley Silhouette Artist 1882-1960. A Biographical Note. JJ Rendell 2005

Paintings, drawings and artworks

Framed paintings and drawings including artworks by:

  • H.M. Bateman
  • David Ghilchik
  • George Parlby
  • Tom Robbins
  • David Jagger
  • Ken Hardy
  • Ley Kenyon
  • D. Young
  • Charles Ward
  • Oswald Adler,
  • Golding
  • Solomon Van Abbé
  • Bill Clements
  • Sydney Weeks
  • John Hassall
  • Harry Riley
  • George Studdy
  • Robert Baden-Powell
  • Edmund Dulac
  • M.J. Heath
  • Bill Clements
  • Bernard Bay
  • Arnold Beauvais
  • Tom Browne
  • William Clements
  • Thomas Downey
  • Lawrence East
  • Dudley Hardy
  • Chas Morton
  • Edgar Norfield
  • Lunt Roberts
  • John Seabrook
  • Harry Riley
  • Ellis Silas
  • Graham Simmons
  • George Studdy

Unframed material

  • Folders of paintings, drawings and artworks.
  • Sculpture by Albert Toft
  • Members’ work/biographies

Press cuttings and magazine articles

  • ‘Illustrated’ article ‘Down at the Sketcher’s Arms’, 1947
  • The ‘Times of Chelsea’ article, 1974
  • ‘The Artist’ article by Dennis Gilbert, 1980
  • ‘Picture Post’ article ‘Sketchers’, 1939
  • ‘Evening Standard’ article, 1998