Feliks Topolski: Drawing Debden

Be transported behind the scenes through a series of Topolski’s captivating sketches.

About the exhibition

Monday 1 October 2018 - Friday 28 June 2019

In 1957, artist Feliks Topolski RA (1907–1989) was commissioned by the Bank of England to sketch everyday life at its newly opened printing works in Debden, Essex. All of our banknotes are still printed here today.

Our exhibition explores the printing works through Topolski’s eyes. The artist’s dynamic style of drawing captures the activity of people and machinery at the newly-built factory.

Scroll through this gallery to see the 27 original drawings and paintings by Feliks Topolski in our collection. The artworks are fragile, so we can’t display them all at once. Instead, we will display them in small groups, on rotation every few weeks.

Free admission

We are open Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays), last entry at 4:30pm.


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Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance.

The Bank of England Museum would like to thank the Topolski Studio for their help with this exhibition.

The Topolski Studio is an arts educational organisation that continues Feliks Topolski’s legacy of pictorial reportage. Through a yearly residency, now in its sixth year, it enables young artists to record today’s issues through drawing and produce their own contemporary Chronicle.

We are also grateful to:

Estate of Feliks Topolski
Ruth Borchard Collection / Piano Nobile Gallery
The Bank of England Archive
The Bank of England Notes Directorate

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This page was last updated 16 May 2019
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