The Pastel Society

Founded London England 1898

The Pastel Society

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'Girl from La Mancha'
Victor Ambrus

The Pastel Society is a registered charity, widely recognised for its success in promoting and encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world.The Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts.There are currently over fifty-five Members who are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.

The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK. The Society's major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. Awards are made to works of particular note. Workshops and demonstrations are also provided throughout the duration of the exhibition.


The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Telephone: 020 7930 6844


Featured Artist

Victor Ambrus
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'Chef with Pheasant'
by Victor Ambrus




Born in Budapest, Hungary Victor has spent his lifetime drawing, having illustrated over 250 books.

His main interest is drawing the human figure and animals from life. The mediums Victor uses are pastel pencil, carbon pencil and watercolour.

To read in full about Victor's amazing career please go to and also to 




St Imre Cistercian College, Budapest 1945 -53

Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest 1953 - 1956

Royal College of Art/Royal Scholar 1957 - 1960 (A.R.C.A. 1960)




Fellow of the Royal Society Arts 1977 (F.R.C.A.)

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painters Etchers 1973 (R.E.)

Elected Member of The Pastel Society 1993 (P.S.)

Vice President of The Pastel Society 1995 - 1998 (P.P.V.P.S.)

Hon. Fellow Society of Graphic Fine Art 2010 (Hon. S.G.F.A.)




Kate Greenaway Gold Medal for Illustration - 1965

Kate Greenaway Gold Medal for Illustration - 1975

Daler Rowney Prize - 1993

World Wildlife Fund Prize, Society of Wildlife Artists - 1993

The Royal Academy of Arts, Arts Club Drawing Prize -1996


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