THE ARTWORK OF FRANK HAMPSON
Recognise this? Fascinating picture of a Japanese river boat designed by Leiji Matsumoto from an Eagle fan.
In his view, there are marked similarities to Anastasia. I can see what he means - especially in the rear section. I'd
be interested to hear what anyone else thinks. It could look great on the Thames - anyone know if Boris is a Dan
Dare fan? See the page he put together here.
New at the Atkinson: Stephen Whittle has now collected the Dan Dare board we are lending to the Gallery to add an
example of my father's work to their display. It's a particularly fine piece and well worth a look if you're passing that
way. Stephen tells me their display has attracted a number of interesting donations, including a Radio Station in
perfect condition. In addition to their permanent display a 'one off' Eagle exhibition is definitely on the cards for the
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19 December 2015: I'm sure some of you will already know about this but we didn't until a friend, having caught it
on Radio 4 Extra this week, sent us a heads up. The programme was hosted by Tim Rice and included Philip
Pullman amongst the guests, as well as the voices of Marcus Morris and my father, Frank Hampson.
This was first broadcast in 2010 but for some reason, we missed it entirely. Delighted to have heard it now - a
really excellent programme. It will be available on iPlayer for around a month from this date.
28 March 2016 (WelI, I did say my news would be very occasional!) Just a few things:
In addition to the artwork they already have on loan, the Atkinson Gallery in Southport have now purchased a small,
representive collection of my father's artwork for their permanent collection. They only took delivery of the boards
quite recently but we are hoping to get up there see the work when it is on display.
The Eagle Society have kindly invited me to attend their annual function in Sevenoaks this April. I'll be giving a talk
and showing some Eagle related items.
As part of The Story of British Comics So Far exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey, on
Saturday 8 October 2016, 6.00-7.00pm, I will be in conversation with Paul Gravett in an event entitled
By Gum - Dan Dare
Tickets cost £12 (incl one free glass of wine or juice). Advanced booking required.
This is a fundraising event and all the proceeds will be for the benefit of the gallery.
Be great to see you there if you can make it.
27 June 2017
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The Official Frank Hampson Website
16 December 2017
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A major exhibition of my father's artwork, Frank Hampson, The Man Who Drew Dan Dare has just
opened at the Atkinson Gallery, Southport and will run from 15 September 2018 to 16 March 2019. There is to be
an opening bash on Thursday, 20 September between 6pm and 8pm.
The exhibition covers all aspects of my father's career including his early sketches, artwork for Ladybird Books
and of course, Dan Dare. Stephen Whittle, the curator, tells me it's looking great! Hope some of you will be able
to see it.
Click here to link to the Atkinson website:
15 September 2018
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27 September 2018
Despite truly appalling weather, the official opening bash went very well. We were particularly gratified that my father's
sister Margaret and her daughter and son-in-law made it through the storm! The exhibition's curator, Stephen Whittle,
has really done a fine job - it's very well worth a look if you're ever up that way.
Click here to link to Down the Tubes website which has a richly illustrated article about the evening written by David
Britton of the Eagle Times.
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22 November 2018
One hundred years after his birth an exhibition commemorating my father's work will be held at Bourne Hall Museum
in Ewell, just a hop and a skip from Bayford Lodge, Epsom where he lived and worked for over 35 years. It will run
from 12 December 2018 to 12 March 2019. Although not large, the exhibition will have some interesting items of
artwork and memorabilia on display. Local publicity has already attracted a number of responses, including a
couple from art students taught by my father at Epsom School of Art. One describes him as the man who made him
'the artist he has become' and another sent an email giving a fascinating insight into my Dad's time as teacher and
his interaction with his pupils. He has kindly agreed to let me share this with you. Click here to read the letter.