From The Archives

Enid Marx and the Mansard Gallery

With the opening on a new exhibition of Enid Marx’s work at the House of Illustration, the most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years, we’re celebrating the renowned artist who had a close connection with Heal’s. – Enid Marx has become synonymous with mid-century graphic art and textile design. Best […]

Heal’s 200: Dodie Smith & the Heal’s Cat

Whilst Heal’s has a long history of famous connections – including the Bloomsbury Group as well as Modigliani – there’s one celebrated name that actually spent time at Heal’s as an employee. Dodie Smith, author of the classic I Capture the Castle and The Hundred and One Dalmatians, spent nearly 10 years working at our […]

Modigliani and The Mansard Gallery

  A new and exciting exhibition has come to London. The Tate Modern is staging the largest UK retrospective of Amedeo Modigliani’s work – one hundred portraits, including some of his best, painted over the 14 years that Modigliani lived in Paris. Known for his pictorial style and elongated forms, it comes as a surprise […]

Heal’s Heritage Room: a journey through design

  Travel back through 200 years of design history at Heal’s Heritage Room, a new permanent exhibition space within our Tottenham Court Road store. From the introduction of feather filled mattresses to modernist tubular furniture, the revolutionary work of the Mansard Gallery to our part in the Festival of Britain, for over two centuries Heal’s […]

Child’s Play: Ambrose Heal at the V&A

The latest addition to the V&A’s collection, the Joan Chair is an invaluable piece of Ambrose Heal’s Arts & Crafts design. Dating from 1901, this one-off chair was commissioned by leather tycoon Joseph Angus for his youngest child Joan, and is just one of a number of pieces made by Heal & Son especially for […]

Great minds think alight: Joseph Swan

All this month we’re celebrating the life of pioneering inventor Joseph Swan – the man responsible for the incandescent bulb and modern lighting as we know it. The story begins as early as 1850 when Swan first began work on his infamous bulb. It would, however, be another ten years before he created a working […]