10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

12 August 2019 to 18 August 2019
Threadneedle Space

Admission Free

Presenting this year’s Annual Exhibition by The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, London’s largest life drawing class.

The Society was founded in 1930 to offer artists the chance to draw direct from the figure, without tuition, in a friendly, collegiate atmosphere, and has been running ever since. At their weekly classes, 100 or so members come together to sketch from four models: three nude (in 15 minute, 30 minute, and 2 hour poses), and one clothed.

During these sessions, members study proportion, perspective and form as they put down on paper the human figure, perhaps the most difficult of subjects: more than just shapes and shadows, but muscles and bones; poses with dynamics, each singular in gesture and personality.

The more we draw, the harder we look, the better we learn to express ourselves and the bodies before us  - Simon Whittle, President of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society.

This year the Society welcomed three young artists under a new bursary scheme, Bartholomew Beal, Lucy Savage and Jonathan Farningham, whose works will be among the one hundred or so on display.

Through a year's worth of sketches, paintings and drawings by the members, the exhibition gives an excellent overview of the excitement and struggle involved in life drawing and interpreting the contemporary nude today.

Follow the Hesketh Hubbard Bursary Recipients on Instagram

There are also a number of Life Drawing and Painting workshops taking place during Mall Galleries' Workshop Week 26 to 31 August.

Discover the Life Drawing and Painting Workshops

Selected Works


Lynne Humberstone
Oil, 54 x 44 cm, NFS

Seated Nude

Andrew Jackson
Digital print, 38 x 31 cm, £220

A Landscape Gardener

Ann Kozlowski-Hunt
Oil bar, 34 x 43.5 cm, £280


Irene Lafferty
Oil, 30 x 45 cm, £750
Rachel Lindsey Clark Untitled Looking Down

Untitled (Looking Down)

Rachel Lindsey-Clark
Graphite & carbon, 74.5 x 54.5 cm, £215

"Magic Landscape" (There are over 40 creatures hidden in this landscape, some of them nude)

Natalia Littlewood
Print of Pitt pastel & graphite on heavy paper, 72 x 92 cm, £499 (Edition of 50, 45 available: £399 unframed)

Barrie on Yellow Background

Natalia Littlewood
Pitt pastel, 63 x 43 cm, £520


Marie Lynskey
Pastel, 85 x 65 cm, £395


Andrew Maginley
Oil, 63 x 74 cm, £730

A Sunny Day

Elzbieta Magnuska
Pastel, 53 x 43 cm, £400

Relaxing on a Mattress

Shirley Maher
Watercolour, 47 x 56 cm, £300


David Manasian
Red & white chalk, 40 x 30 cm, £250

Contemporary Life

Raymond R Markwyck
Oil, 91 x 122 cm, NFS

Dip Pen & Sepia Ink Sketch

Christian Mizon
Ink, 32 x 23 cm, £330

Young Woman and Man

Louise Korin Nathan
Water / graphite, 64 x 48 cm, £250

Andrea at The Mall

Rosa Osborne
Watercolour, 52 x 43 cm, £235

Red Robe

Erika Pal
Oil-based pencil, 54 x 42 cm, £215

Man of his Time

Gillian Pennant
Watercolour, 54 x 42 cm, £280

Life Study of Mariana

Richard Philp
Graphite, 83 x 63 cm, £150


Alan Power
Pastel pencil , 59 x 42 cm, £320

Simply Monochrome

Linda Rass
Pencil, 45 x 35 cm, NFS


Anthony Roe
Acrylic & pastel, 78 x 98 cm, £850

Crimson & Gold III

Shani Rousso
Oil, 43 x 43 cm, £480

Life at PSC 2

Kalpna Saksena
Oil, 63 x 53 cm, £1,000


Dmitri Shaklanoff
Pastel, 30 x 40 cm, £200

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