The Lots Road Group at the new Waterstones’ Gallery

The Private View of the Lots Road Group’s latest show The Art of Reading, in association with BookTrust, was attended by more than 150 people.

Speeches by this year’s theme leader, Hilary Puxley, and BookTrust’s Meredith Niles underlined that the exhibition aimed to be a celebration of the pleasure of reading.

Meredith spoke about how reading is so integral to family life that when, quite separate to the show, she had asked LRG artist Elizabeth Shields to paint their eldest son William, they found the truest reflection of his personality was to depict him curled up with a great book on his kindle.

Hilary spoke about the popularity of the theme with artists and explained that all the images in the show, which runs at Waterstones Gower Street until the end of the November, are accompanied by narratives which together give a palpable sense of the joys of reading.

Here are some of the artists with their portrait and sitters – including Michael Bond with artist Hero Johnson, Julian Warrender with artist Lucinda Rendall, Natasha Farrant with artist Hilary Puxley and Caroline Dawnay with artist Sarah Richardson.

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