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Philip Bannister

International watercolour illustrator • Yorkshire

Philip Bannister

Sense & Sensibility

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Philip Bannister illustrates Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility for the Folio Society.

Philip's evocative illustrations appear at intervals throughout the classic book and are painted with fluidity and feeling. Philip hadn't read the book prior to the commission and says "I have different feelings for different periods of English history and the Regency era certainly has a good resonance for me, and I am sure Jane Austen is one of the main reasons for that. I like the delicate and precise use of words, the lack of apostrophes. I like the feeling that there is no war raging or even imminent, and that fashion, culture and manners are Classical with Gothic nibbling around the edges." See the book.




Dental Journal Covers at the Army Medical Museum

Friday, September 18, 2015

Philip Bannister's illustrated covers for the British Dental Journal now hang in the Royal Army Medical Services Museum.

Philip Bannister's illustrated covers for the British Dental Journal now hang in the Royal Army Medical Services Museum.

Philip illustrated twelve covers last year for the centenary of the start of the First World War showing aspects of the dental practice during this time and how army dental surgeons were at the forefront of early plastic surgery. Shortly after, Philip was contacted by the Royal Army Medical Services Museum who were interested in having the originals for display - and now they hang ready for a service this weekend where the artworks will be unveiled at the Former Army Staff College in Camberley.




Mary Portas Shop!

Monday, August 06, 2012




Philip Bannister's portfolio of work for the Mary Portas Shop! column was put on display last month. For the whole of July, 60 of the illustrations originally created for The Telegraph were exhibited at The Regal; Philip's local independent cinema. Mary said of the work ''Philip Bannister is a talent who brings to life my columns each week, but more than that his pictures will become an important visual record of the social history of our high streets. So Philip, if there's any leftover don't worry I'll be buying them!''



Bannister illustrates Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, December 30, 2010



With 5 volumes to illustrate Philip Bannister is working his way through an exciting project for the Folio Society. Possibly the biggest job that the Folio Society has yet produced, the ‘Complete Short Stories of Rudyard Kipling’ are allowing Philip to use his strong drawing technique to its full potential. The job is due for completion in March so with interior illustrations, covers and the slipcase design yet to be produced it’s a project Philip has really got his teeth into. Joe Whitlock-Blundell is the Production Director at the Folio Society responsible for commissioning the artwork.

Bannister at Goodwood

Tuesday, December 28, 2010



The Goodwood Revival Meeting is a yearly event for vintage racing cars....and old racing drivers. Philip Bannister has been commissioned by Sam Walker at North Star Publishing to produce illustrations for the programme of events book; portraits of old racing drivers including Sterling Moss and ‘cigarette card’ style drawings of World War aircraft. This was a particularly enjoyable job for Philip which will produce a very nice book indeed.

Bespoke Bannister by Philip Bannister

Thursday, December 23, 2010



More of Philip Bannister's masterly watercolour work is revealed in a set of bespoke Christmas cards for Hazlitz Bespoke Stationery. Commissioned by Francesca Howland, the cards comprise of four evocative London scenes at four different times of day. The cards are available exclusively from Hazlitz Bespoke Stationery, 18 Coulson Street SW3 - with a percentage of sales going to The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.

The Classic Touch

Tuesday, December 21, 2010



Rubbing shoulders with the classics is Philip Bannister whose work is currently on show at the British Library exhibition: "A Houseful of Books, 60 years of the Folio Society".
Philip has illustrated a number of Folio Society books in recent years including "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling. The exhibition runs until the 20th of January 2008.

Philip Bannister's Scrapbook

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Traditional illustrator Philip Bannister on drawing painting in his garden shed studio in rural Worcestershire.
Philip Bannister's Scrapbook.

Hancock's Antique

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This exquisitely executed watercolour is the work of Philip Bannister, who was commissioned by antique dealers Hancock's.

The illustration has a magnificent timeless quality, perfect for the antique market, and will feature across all Hancock’s company literature and correspondence material.


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