Beer, Richard: Osterley Park – Poster


A classic London Transport ‘Double Royal’-sized poster, unframed. The main body of the poster and the image are in very good condition, there are two holes at the top of the margin from the ring binder in which it was kept, and which can easily be screened by mounting and framing.

Located in Middlesex, Osterley Park is an impressive neo-classical mansion, originally a Tudor house built in the 1570s by Sir Thomas Gresham. It was acquired by wealthy banker Sir Francis Child in 1713 as the perfect symbol of his status and prosperity. His grandson, also called Francis, engaged Robert Adam from 1761 to remodel and transform Osterley into the ‘palace of palaces’ visible today. Osterley’s interior is one of the finest and most complete by Robert Adam in existence, full of delicate decorations, friezes and furniture designed specifically for each setting.

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Artist: Richard Beer, 1928-2006

Title and date: Osterley Park, 1972

Size: 101.6 x 63.5 cms.


Artist description:

Born in London, Richard Beer studied at the Slade School between 1945 and 1950 then worked under Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. In 1955, he designed the sets and costumes for Cranko’s ‘The Lady and the Fool’ at Covent Garden and subsequently worked for him in Stuttgart. He taught print-making at the Chelsea School of Art and is a founder member of the Printmakers Council. His works, which are mainly architectural and landscape, capture the feeling and atmosphere of the places he visits. In 1970 he collaborated with John Betjeman to produce ‘Ten Wren Churches’, a portfolio of prints and essays, and London Transport commissioned him to design a poster on Hawksmere buildings. Richard Beer has had many one-man exhibitions, he exhibits regularly at the Royal Academy and travels widely every summer, usually in Italy.