Welcome to our latest round-up of news and views from our green and pleasant corner of south-east London.

Through no particular design, this month's News of Note brings you a variety of snippets about the rich, famous and fabulous, although if all this celebrity proves too much, there is a palette cleanser in the form of a favourite wildlife artist.

Read on and rock on.

Rod Shone Portraits

We've represented the work of photographer Rod Shone for some years and have recently added a fantastic new set of portraits, mainly from the 1980s, which are guaranteed to send anyone of a certain vintage into a nostalgic reverie.

Among Rod's sitters are some legendary music acts of the decade - The Communards, Lloyd Cole, Nik Kershaw, Cocteau Twins and Foreigner (!) - as well as other movers and shakers from the worlds of entertainment, art, literature and fashion including Jilly Cooper, George Melly, Trevor Nunn, Manolo Blahnik, John Galliano and Paul Raymond.

Fame Game

Our celebrities page, with pre-prepared selections of film stars and other famous figures, has recently had an upgrade. We've been working hard to add more names to the list, and have concentrated particularly on people where we have unique and unexpected content, much of it harvested from the terrific Studio Canal archive. We'll be continuing to add to this because, well, there are just SO many celebs, but for now, look out for Cliff Richard in his early '60s pomp in films such as The Young Ones and Summer Holiday, as well as a very young Joan Collins starring as a teenage hoodlum in the 1949 film, 'I Believe in You'.

Love Letters to Pattie

No sooner have we sent out our newsletter about the collection of Nancy Sandys Walker, which includes a set of iconic images of sixties model and muse, Pattie Boyd, than Pattie is back in the news with the revelations that she plans to sell through Christies a number of letters and personal mementoes of her time married to George Harrison and later, Eric Clapton.

Considering this recent development, we thought it was worth reminding you of these images, and of the great archive of Nancy Sandys Walker images we now are proud to represent.

Portrait Perfection

Society portraitists are having a moment. Joining the Sir John Lavery show currently at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the flamboyant Sargent and Fashion exhibition has just opened at Tate Britain to great fanfare.

As far as we're concerned, any exhibition that combines art, Edwardians and fashion is worth seeing, and we'd highly recommend it.

Joining these two goliaths of Edwardian portraiture is a third. Philip de Laszlo: Master of Elegance will open at Gainsborough's House in Sudbury on 23rd March and looks a delicious prospect. All three artists knew each other and their careers overlapped. Between them, they painted a who's who of society (De Laszlo was particularly prolific).

As usual, our archive throws up some sideways material on their lives and careers which we've pulled together for you here, along with some of their very best paintings.

Robert Gillmor Exhibition and Giveaway

We remain in East Anglia for news of another exhibition. Fans of the art of the late Robert Gillmor MBE will be pleased to learn there is currently a retrospective of his work at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Visitors Centre until the 17th April.

The show features Robert's masterful linocuts, many of which celebrate the wildlife of Cley Marshes. You can find out more at norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk.

We've licensed Robert's images for a range of products over the last few years including cushions, deckchairs, jigsaws and calendars, and were delighted to recently receive the latest items from Museums & Galleries featuring his much-loved 'Aerial Manoeuvres' image.

We have a set comprising of one Aerial Manoeuvres reusable coffee cup and some playing cards to give away. To be in with a chance, simply email us by 12th March at pictures@maryevans.com with 'Robert Gillmor Giveaway' in the subject line and your name and address. A winner will be picked at random on 12th March.

And do get in touch if you're interested in licensing Robert Gillmor's art as there still opportunities to use his imagery in other categories such as apparel and home ware. You can view a stunning selection here.

Farewell Missie

On Friday 16th February, Missie, our director Mark's dog, who has been a constant presence around the library since she first arrived back in early 2009, sadly passed away. Missie was a working cocker spaniel, an appropriate choice of breed considering she spent most of her days happily in the workplace, continuing the long Mary Evans tradition of having dogs around the office.

She was a good girl; sweet, loving and well-behaved, with only the odd sandwich stolen or visiting electrician barked at. We all adored her and she will be tremendously missed. Go well Missie. We hope there are endless tennis balls to collect in doggie heaven.

You can read Mark's own tribute to Missie here.

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