Leeds University Library

Stephen Chaplin – Sketchbooks, Drawings & Paintings 1938 - Present

Published 31 August 2016

Stephen Chaplin, Sketchbooks, 1960s – 1990s, © The Artist.

A display of sketchbooks, drawings and paintings by the painter and art historian Stephen Chaplin (b.1934).

7 September - 19 October 2016 

In 2006, painter and art historian Stephen Chaplin (b.1934) presented to the University's Art Collection over 40 archival boxes containing his sketchbooks, drawings, notebooks, photographs, diaries and indexes. The loose sketches and sketchbooks date from Chaplin's early childhood and his time as a student at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, through to his own teaching career, up until 1999.

This display shows a selection of Stephen Chaplin's work from the University Art Collection and Special Collections. It also includes some of the artist's recent sketches and drawings, which he has kindly loaned for this exhibition. Chaplin lived in Leeds for thirty years (1961-1991), teaching Art History, initially at Leeds College of Art, and from 1966 at the University of Leeds. He produced many sketches in and around campus. Chaplin's visual notes not only show the importance of observation for an artist but also document social history. 

Please join us in the Gallery and outside for refreshments on Saturday 15th October, between 12-3pm to celebrate the artist's work, before the display finishes on Wednesday 19th October. 


Associated events

book making textiles
Bookbinding workshop – Make your own sketch book
Saturday 8 October 2016 13:00 - 15:30
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
On Display: Stephen Chaplin – Sketchbooks, Drawings & Paintings 1938 - Present
Stephen Chaplin - A celebration of his work
Saturday 15 October 2016 12:00 - 15:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery