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BENTLEY, Nicolas.

Rare books and art by Nicholas Bentley, including first editions, signed first edition copies of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, New Cautionary Tales, and a plethora of original cartoons.

Perhaps most famous for his illustrations of the second edition Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, the first being quickly withdrawn to allow for Bentley’s illustrated version. His first full project was for Hillaire Beloc’s New Cautionary Tales.

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  1. "Nor was I left without admonitions."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Nor was I left without admonitions."

    c. 1935

    A confident woman, hands on hips, surrounded by three women giving her advice. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67054

  2. "Now, Howard, no fooling with the toys."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Now, Howard, no fooling with the toys."

    c. 1935

    A lady shopper in a fur coat striding into a toy shop smirks over her shoulder at her husband, who is collapsing beneath the weight of her Christmas shopping. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 67051

  3. "Look Uncle Max - a flower for your button-hole!"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Look Uncle Max - a flower for your button-hole!"

    c. 1935

    A small boy confuses his uncle's navel with a button hole. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 66881

  4. An Elderly Gentleman
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. An Elderly Gentleman

    1960s

    An effective Bentley caricature of an elderly gentleman. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100607

  5. Gammon and Espionage.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Gammon and Espionage.

    1938

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To W. G. Tucker, whose friendship & good advice has been helpful to me on so many occasions, Nicolas Bentley". Tipped-in on the front pastedown is a typed and signed letter from Bentley to Tucker thanking him for "help in my rabbit dilemma" and suggesting that... Learn More
    £360.00

    Stock Code: 63229

  6. "Fortunately he's a great lover of cats."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Fortunately he's a great lover of cats."

    1945

    The chairman murmurs sympathetically to another man on the platform, as the prospective Conservative candidate hurls a dead cat back into the riotous crowd. The General Election of 1945 was a surprise defeat for the Conservative party. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 66919

  7. "Miniature? Well, we call 'er that 'cause one minute yer on, an' the next minute yer off again."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Miniature? Well, we call 'er that 'cause one minute yer on, an' the next minute yer off again."

    c. 1950

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 66874

  8. Sun-tan Products.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Sun-tan Products.

    c. 1950

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 66791

  9. Cows.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Cows.

    c. 1950

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 66790

  10. "Wot 'cher Jack, 'appy New Year!"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Wot 'cher Jack, 'appy New Year!"

    c. 1950

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 66789

  11. "What's the water like? Looks pretty cold!"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "What's the water like? Looks pretty cold!"

    c. 1950

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 66786

  12. Third Party Risk
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Third Party Risk

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 45709

  13. "Thucydides - I Ask You!"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Thucydides - I Ask You!"

    [c.1960]

    An amusing Bentley skit on the traditional disappointments of school prize day. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100601

  14. " 'stonishing the difference this new fuel makes!"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. " 'stonishing the difference this new fuel makes!"

    c. 1955

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 66869

  15. "I say, this isn't going to be three-dimensional, is it?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "I say, this isn't going to be three-dimensional, is it?"

    c. 1955

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 66864

  16. 66863
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Cave drawings.

    c. 1955

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 66863

  17. "But I don't want to go to Brightlingsea. I want to go to Mars."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "But I don't want to go to Brightlingsea. I want to go to Mars."

    c. 1955

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 66795

  18. "Either he's flogging seats for My Fair Lady, or he's an AEU bloke going to King Street."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Either he's flogging seats for My Fair Lady, or he's an AEU bloke going to King Street."

    1958

    Two bobbies discuss a skulking figure, his face concealed by a broad-brimmed fedora. By the mid-1950s more members of the AEU - Amalgamated Engineering Union - belonged to the Communist Party - headquarters in King Street - than those of any other union. Bentley ties together black market demand for tickets for the opening of My Fair Lady at the Theatre... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 67381

  19. "Tell me, Admiral, what, if anything, are the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fleet up to just now?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Tell me, Admiral, what, if anything, are the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Fleet up to just now?"

    1958

    On 15 July Eisenhower had authorized Operation Blue Bat for US intervention in the crisis in Lebanon. Forty vessels of the Sixth Fleet, the United States navy's European force, operated in support of around 14,000 troops on the ground. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67378

  20. "Mark you, if Noeler II is beaten I wouldn't put it past de Gaulle to resign."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Mark you, if Noeler II is beaten I wouldn't put it past de Gaulle to resign."

    1958

    The May 1958 Crisis in France brought de Gaulle back to power after a hiatus of 10 years. Bentley uses the context of the Royal Meeting at Ascot for this squib at the expense of the French leader's flightiness. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s.... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 67337

  21. "Mark you, things would be very different if we'd had him in Downing Street and at the White House, the Service Ministries, Lambeth Palace, the B.B.C. and London Transport."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Mark you, things would be very different if we'd had him in Downing Street and at the White House, the Service Ministries, Lambeth Palace, the B.B.C. and London Transport."

    1958

    Two gentlemen observe Enoch Powell pass by, and comment upon his somewhat messianic contrarianism. Powell had recently returned to the back-benches after a period as financial secretary to the Treasury. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 67323

  22. "It may look all right for consultations at the F.O. but you'll have to accentuate the bust a bit to get by in Paris."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "It may look all right for consultations at the F.O. but you'll have to accentuate the bust a bit to get by in Paris."

    1958

    Ferment in the Arab world in 1958 led to an influx of Arab diplomats in London and Paris. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67131

  23. "Really, Cathcart, your record of breakages exceeds the Comet's."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Really, Cathcart, your record of breakages exceeds the Comet's."

    1958

    The latest version of the notoriously accident-prone de Haviland Comet, the world's first jet airliner, was delivered to BOAC in September 1958. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 67130

  24. "Why, it's only a couple of thousand more than Tommy Steele would want for a year at the Palladium."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Why, it's only a couple of thousand more than Tommy Steele would want for a year at the Palladium."

    1958

    Nellie McGreal of Stockport was the first football pools winner to win more than 200,000. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67128

  25. "Dear Santa, Please I would like a broken ancle so I can put it in plarster."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Dear Santa, Please I would like a broken ancle so I can put it in plarster."

    1958

    A small boy writes his Christmas list. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67127

  26. "Hullo - plane coming in to land without flaps. Must be the P.M. back from his holiday."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Hullo - plane coming in to land without flaps. Must be the P.M. back from his holiday."

    1958

    Two air traffic controllers comment on PM Harold Macmillan's imperturbable style. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67047

  27. "What do they reckon a strike's goin' to do to my Scrophularinea Pisacomensis."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "What do they reckon a strike's goin' to do to my Scrophularinea Pisacomensis."

    1958

    London bus workers went on strike in May 1958. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 66782

  28. "Question is, my boy, can you run the 220 yards in the style to which my daughter is accustomed?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Question is, my boy, can you run the 220 yards in the style to which my daughter is accustomed?"

    1958

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 66781

  29. "Well, here's mud in your eye, as they say at the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear Warfare."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Well, here's mud in your eye, as they say at the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear Warfare."

    1958

    The Direct Action Committee against nuclear war (DAC) was a pacifist organization formed in 1957. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows,... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 66779

  30. "You ought to be used to walking home by now."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "You ought to be used to walking home by now."

    1958

    The London bus strike continued for five weeks. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 66778

  31. "What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "What you need, monsieur, is a complete reform of your constitution."

    1958

    The Algerian Putsch of May 1958, precipitated a crisis in France set in motion the events which would lead to the establishment of the Fifth Republic under de Gaulle. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 66766

  32. "Of course, I don't suppose the bus strike affects you, but I'm so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Of course, I don't suppose the bus strike affects you, but I'm so sorry about the Smithfield stoppage."

    1958

    A lady sympathises with a Beefeater. May 1958 saw strikes by both 48,000 London omnibus workers and workers at Smithfield Market. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 66763

  33. "Shure, an' I'm not in the least sorry that tho' Eccles is sorry an' Monty is sorry an' the B.B.C. is sorry, Siobhan McKenna isn't sorry at all."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Shure, an' I'm not in the least sorry that tho' Eccles is sorry an' Monty is sorry an' the B.B.C. is sorry, Siobhan McKenna isn't sorry at all."

    1959

    Actress McKenna's comments about the IRA's border campaign on Ed Murrow's Small World programme stirred considerable controversy. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67363

  34. "Young man, do I look like Dennis Stafford?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Young man, do I look like Dennis Stafford?"

    1959

    Burglar Dennis Stafford had escaped from Wormwood Scrubs in 1956; recaptured in Trinidad in 1957 he was re-incarcerated in Dartmoor, only to escape again. Six weeks later he was arrested in Leicester Square, and this time served the remainder of his sentence. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67349

  35. "The going was certainly pretty hard, but with ten quid on Psidium the coming home was nice and soft."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "The going was certainly pretty hard, but with ten quid on Psidium the coming home was nice and soft."

    1959

    Psidium came in at 66-1 in the 1961 Derby. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67344

  36. "Look, I can't collect your bets for you and be wildcat - which do you want?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Look, I can't collect your bets for you and be wildcat - which do you want?"

    1959

    Gently guys the strike culture that had been rather more roughly skewered by the Boulting brothers's comedy I'm All Right Jack, released August 1959. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 67340

  37. "Fuchs? Who's Fuchs? My name's Alfred Hinds."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Fuchs? Who's Fuchs? My name's Alfred Hinds."

    1959

    Atom-bomb spy Klaus Fuchs was released, while small-time crook and serial prison escaper Alfie "Houdini" Hinds was still at large. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67333

  38. "Only thing to do is 'ang on and 'ope I gets shoved on Gaitskell's list for nationalization."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Only thing to do is 'ang on and 'ope I gets shoved on Gaitskell's list for nationalization."

    1959

    Hard-up chestnut seller hopes for a Labour victory in the expected election. In the event the Conservatives increased their majority at the polls in October. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 67328

  39. "Honestly, Shelagh, if you want Dance, dance, dance, little lady, you'll have to ask them for yourself."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Honestly, Shelagh, if you want Dance, dance, dance, little lady, you'll have to ask them for yourself."

    1959

    Black-tied gentleman refuses his somewhat matronly dancing partner's request for a request. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67327

  40. 67297
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "She's so divine in Swan Lake, of course, that imagination boggles at what her performance must be like in the Panama Canal."

    1959

    British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn spent 24 hours in a Panama City jail, while Panamanian police sought her husband, Dr Roberto Arias, a former Panamanian ambassador in London suspected of planning a coup. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s.... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 67297

  41. "Well, after all, Picasso had his blue period too."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Well, after all, Picasso had his blue period too."

    1959

    Two pedestrians read billboards, one noting "John Osborne 'saddened' by Paul Slickey notices", the other "Picasso Painting sold for 55,000". John Osborne's The World of Paul Slickey, a musical satire of the tabloid press, premiered on 5 May 1959 and proved one of the most resounding flops in modern theatrical history. Booing broke out in the stalls... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 67093

  42. "I ask you! Seventy million quid for launching Britain into space."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "I ask you! Seventy million quid for launching Britain into space."

    1959

    Two Christmas tree fairies react with scorn to the latest announcement of the cost of the British space research programme. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 67048

  43. "No, dear, you don't wink in Bach, only in Chopin."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "No, dear, you don't wink in Bach, only in Chopin."

    1959

    The libel case brought by Liberace against the Daily Mirror, whose columnist Cassandra had described the flamboyant pianist as "a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love." The case, which involved Liberace perjuring himself, was... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 67002

  44. "Would you require something for sleep, madam, or cross-Channel purposes?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Would you require something for sleep, madam, or cross-Channel purposes?"

    c. 1959

    Christopher Cockerell's hovercraft, which resembled a mattress, made its first successful crossing of the English Channel on 25 July 1959. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 67001

  45. "When you're asked a Parliamentary question d'you suppose you're given the answer beforehand?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "When you're asked a Parliamentary question d'you suppose you're given the answer beforehand?"

    1959

    On 2 November 1959, Charles Van Doren admitted to cheating on American quiz show Twenty One by being given the answers in advance. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 66934

  46. The Penkovsky Papers
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. The Penkovsky Papers

    1965

    A daughter, holding up a copy of The Penkovsky Papers, asks, "Daddy, will you read me a fairy story?". Oleg Vladimirovich Penkovsky, codename HERO, was a Soviet military intelligence spy who informed the West about Soviet missiles in Cuba - there was much concern that he was in fact a double agent giving deliberate misinformation, hence the droll cynicism... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100791

  47. Film Scene.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Film Scene.

    [1960s]

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 100816

  48. "It's the wife I'm worried about, not the car; that only 1900."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "It's the wife I'm worried about, not the car; that only 1900."

    20 July 1960

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 100814

  49. "Anstruther's such a snob. Probably just guts-ache."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Anstruther's such a snob. Probably just guts-ache."

    [c.1960s]

    A humorous Bentley skit on school dinners. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 100813

  50. "Look, who's rehersin' this darned piece, you or me?"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Look, who's rehersin' this darned piece, you or me?"

    [c.1960s]

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100812

  51. "I didn't never want me transport nationalized in the first place."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "I didn't never want me transport nationalized in the first place."

    [c.1960s]

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide variety of publications. Between 1952 and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100811

  52. Sale.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Sale.

    [c.1960s]

    A crowd of shopper cue demurely for a sale - a far cry from the Black Fridays of the 21st century. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 100810

  53. New boys.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. New boys.

    [1960s]

    A school bully looms superciliously over the Pakistani contingent of the new school intake. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100809

  54. Military Command
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Military Command

    [1960s]

    A series of contemporary military caricatures. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100806

  55. "Tell Her"
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Tell Her"

    [1960s]

    In a crowd of 1960s youths, a stylish man loses his words before a beautiful young woman, as her trendy entourage look sceptically on. In the background a sign advertises Fred Williams and the Jewels Band, whose hit track "Tell Her" was released in 1969. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100805

  56. "Probably Jacques Soustelle in disguise."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Probably Jacques Soustelle in disguise."

    [1960s]

    Commuters on the underground, reading the newspaper headline "Clarissa Believed Seen in Paris", remark that it is probably just Jacques Soustelle in disguise. Soustelle was an anthropologist and had been Governor General of Algeria, then Minister of State, but had disagreed with De Gaulle's turn for Algerian Independence. He was dismissed from parliament... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100804

  57. "I don't care about your politics, don't let me catch you sitting here next Sunday."
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "I don't care about your politics, don't let me catch you sitting here next Sunday."

    [1960s]

    A policeman attempts to move on a destitute old veteran who is peddling art on the streets. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100803

  58. Sticking it to the Man.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Sticking it to the Man.

    [1960s]

    A hippy blows a defiant raspberry at the Establishment, represented by Judge, Priest, General (whited out), and Policeman. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 100802

  59. Tudor Scene.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Tudor Scene.

    [c.1960s]

    A busy scene perhaps from Tudor England. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was familiar to the public from a wide... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100799

  60. Military Scene.
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. Military Scene.

    [c.1960]

    A scene from the British command camp of the Crimean War, perhaps the general being informed about the decimation of the Light Brigade. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100798

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