News and Views from Oliver Preston

Fair Games at Scone and Ragley

Mar 12 2014
Hot days in Perthshire – I wanted to feel like the cartoon guy in the armchair… Hot days in Perthshire – I wanted to feel like the cartoon guy in the armchair…

Oh lordy, there is one week to go until the CLA Game Fair – this year at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. We are packing up the prints, boxing books and preparing our stand for this year on “Bond Street”, the Game Fair tented shopping equivalent – great shops and not a traffic warden or congestion charge in sight. It’ll be a fun three days, and if this weather stays, we’ll be packing a couple of big fans in the van. Not fat admirers of my cartoons but the windy, cooling sort – it can get pretty hot in a tent in July in England. If you are around drop in and come and see some of the new cartoons, have a browse, or just come in to cool down!


We have just returned from a tripette to Scotland to the Scottish Game Fair, held at Scone Palace outside Perth; swirls of bagpipes, blistering sunshine, a fantastic atmosphere and a far cry from the sodden event that was cancelled last year. Hill ponies, tweeds and kilts, and a clan of gamekeepers and ghillies for me were the star attractions, and – for a caricaturist –  the most amazing array of characters, and faces that I have seen in some time. We struck up a friendship with our neighbour, the erstwhile Walton Street art dealer, Malcom Innes, ( I was reprimanded for buying two pictures off him before we had even opened our stand ), and we watched Murray close out the Wimbledon Final on the Strutt & Parker stand, 25 of us crammed together in a huddle, screaming and shouting, and somewhat unbelieving at what he had finally achieved. Perth is a short hop from Dunblane, and the genuine happiness on sunday evening was visible, and touching. I loved the aftermath of his victory –  bagpipe playing erupted all around the show site. If you are in Scotland next year at the beginning of July, you should pay the show a visit. It is quite special.

Mrs Preston dog training our new puppy, BalooMrs Preston dog training our new puppy, Baloo

Highland ponies for the first time ever at Scone PalaceHighland ponies for the first time ever at Scone Palace

Browsers watched over by an expectant labradorBrowsers watched over by an expectant labrador

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Oliver Preston is a Cartoonist and Illustrator whose draws regularly for The Field Magazine, The Racing Magazine, Polo Magazine and Cotswold Life. His work has also been published in Punch Magazine, The Spectator, The Times, Independent, Guardian and The Beano and The Dandy. Exhibited at The Fine Art Society in 1999, Preston is published in over ten books, and Beverston Press publishes greeting cards and limited edition prints of his cartoons. Preston, 48, is chairman of The Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury in London, and set up the Cartoon Art Trust Awards in 1995. He lives with his wife and family in the Cotswolds, England.

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