Chris Beetles is a foremost dealer in British art, with a
world-leading specialisation in cartoons and illustrations. Many
and regular exhibitions at his gallery in St James's, London, and
their attendant publications have done much to promote illustrative
artwork over the last three decades. The Royal College of Art
appointed him an Honorary Fellow in 2003 in recognition of his
services to Illustration.
Since 1983, Chris Beetles has proved the main populariser of Louis Wain through a series of annual shows. He is now recognised as the leading authority on the artist, and is regularly approached by museums, auctions and collectors to adjudicate on the authenticity of the many works that appear on the market.
Chris Beetles' book is a joy, an inspiration and as thorough a
document into understanding the life and times of Louis Wain as one
could hope to read
Louis Wain - the artist closest to my heart