What to see this week: Artist ex­hi­bi­tions

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Wyn­ford De­whurst: Manch­ester’s Monet is at Manch­ester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manch­ester, un­til April 23, 2017 (0161–245 8888; www.manch­ester­art­gallery.org) Large se­lec­tion of paint­ings by Im­pres­sion­ist artist and con­tro­ver­sial art the­o­rist Wyn­ford De­whurst (1864–1941), whose book Im­pres­sion­ist Paint­ing, Its Ge­n­e­sis and De­vel­op­ment (1904) be­came no­to­ri­ous for its in­sis­tence that the English land­scape tra­di­tion of Con­sta­ble and Turner was at the root of mod­ern French paint­ing. Ac­com­pa­nied by a mono- graph, this is the first ret­ro­spec­tive of De­whurst’s work since his death.

John Burn­ing­ham: an il­lus­tra­tor for all ages is at Chris Bee­tles, 8 & 10, Ry­der Street, St James’s, Lon­don SW1, un­til Jan­uary 7, 2017 (www.chris­bee­tles.com; 020–7839 7551). Since the 1960s, John Burn­ing­ham has been de­light­ing chil­dren and adults with his il­lus­trated books, many of which fea­ture ‘solid, indi- vid­ual, re­source­ful an­i­mals, who may be an­thro­po­mor­phic but are rarely if ever sen­ti­men­talised,’ as David Woot­ton writes in his in­tro­duc­tion to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing fully il­lus­trated cat­a­logue.

The qual­i­ties of Mr Burn­ing­ham’s work, which Mau­rice Sen­dak once de­scribed as ‘stun­ning, lus­cious, sexy, hi­lar­i­ous, mys­te­ri­ous and fre­quently just plain nuts’, shine out in this sell­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, as do his de­light in travel and na­ture, ex­em­pli­fied by Through Leaves in the Au­tumn (above) from his lat­est book Mo­tor Miles.

Vic­tor Pas­more: To­wards a New Re­al­ity is at Djano­gly Gallery, Not­ting­ham Lake­side Arts, Univer­sity Park, Not­ting­ham, un­til

Por­trait of the Artist is at The Queen’s Gallery, Buck­ing­ham Palace, Lon­don SW1, un­til April 17, 2017 (030–3123 7334; www. roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk) The chang­ing im­age of the artist is ex­plored through paint­ings, draw­ings, prints, photographs and the dec­o­ra­tive arts in the Royal Col­lec­tion, ac­com­pa­nied by a book of the same ti­tle.

More than 200 of John Burn­ing­ham's il­lus­tra­tions are for sale

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