Feliks Topolski: Drawing Debden

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

Sketches from the Printing Works

This exhibition will be available from 1 October 2018


In 1957, Felix Topolski RA (1907-1989) was commissioned by the Bank of England to sketch everyday life at its newly opened printing works in Debden, Essex. 

Every Bank of England note has been printed at these works since. Be transported behind the scenes through a series of Topolski’s captivating sketches. Displayed together for the first time, they brilliantly convey the striking architecture of the new building, an insight into the banknote printing and checking processes, and quirky depictions of staff both at work and leisure. 

Topolski’s fluid style of drawing creates an energy and animation that captures the hustle and bustle of staff and machinery, successfully bringing his subjects to life in the process.

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

This page was last updated 12 September 2018
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