School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Charles Keeping

Born: 1924, UK, England, London, Lambeth   Died: 1988

Illustrator and printmaker. Son of a newspaper distributor and boxer. During the war he served as a wireless operator for the Royal Navy, 1942-46, but there after suffered from depression and was, for a while, institutionalised. Having made a full recovery he became a gas meter reader and a life model before eventually being accepted to study art at the Regent Street Polytechnic where he was taught by the illustrators Nigel Lambourne and Stuart Tresilian. From 1952 onwards he began to see his work published and increasingly became a specialist in children's illustration producing a number of picture books after 1966. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for 'The God Beneath the Sea', 1970, and the Kate Greenaway Medal twice for 'Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary',1967, and Alfred Noyes's poem 'The Highwayman', 1981. He received numerous commissions from Oxford University Press and between 1978 and 1988 he took on the huge task of illustrating the works of Charles Dickens for the Folio Society. His widow, Renate Meyer, runs the Keeping Gallery in Shortlands, South London, as a celebration of his life and work

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Cart Horse II PR5168 Prints

Coster Cart PR5166 Prints

Horse Pulling PR5167 Prints

The Buskers PR5165 Prints

Woolwich Wanderers III PR3085 Prints