Louis Shabner Vintage Prints

As mentioned yesterday, Aidan bought a Louis Shabner print from a car boot sale last Sunday. Excuse me while I go to ask him how much he paid for it…

It was one whole English pound.

Louis Shabner - Puppy Love

I’ve been doing a little bit of an internet search, just to see what information there is available about the artist. Unsurprisingly, there is little available. So far, I’ve managed to find out that he is from Enfield, England and started off by doing pictures of pin-up girls in the ’40s and ’50s.  These are a couple of my favourites (with thanks to American Art Archives):

1952 Calendar - January

That’s what I’d like to look like when I grow up…

August, 1952 Calendar

And that really is about it!  I find it amazing that so many pieces can be produced by a person, yet relatively nothing is known about them.  The only other thing I could find was that a band called ‘King Biscuit Time’ has used one of his prints for an album cover:

King Biscuit Time - Black Gold

Just another piece of evidence that everything comes back into fashion at some point or another. I remember thinking a few years ago that these kinds of prints were vile. What is that changes your perception of something? Do we need to be told by another person that something is acceptable as art, collectables, whatever? How much is a natural liking regardless of current fashions and tastes?

***Update: Aidan has now decided to sell this on Ebay. Click here to have a look and maybe put in a bid!***

20 Comments Add yours

  1. My Owl Barn says:

    These are stunning! The first one is captivating. Have a great day!

    1. littleowlski says:

      I thought they were great, I would love to find one of the original calendars. Thanks for you comment, Emma 🙂

  2. joanne says:

    Hi there,
    My Mam and I cleaned out the attic the weekend and came across the louis painting I alwas refered to as the Spanish woman, she was hung on the wall in a flat we lived i when I was 2 and was left in the attic when we moved to our new house in 1978. It is the picture of the woman dressed in black lace top with red shawl and red bow in her hair. prints are going on ebay for 150 pounds and we have orininal painting. Does anyone know who the woman was or about Louis him self would love to hear from you!!

    1. littleowlski says:

      Wow, I’m very jealous if you have an original painting! You could be on to something there. There’s not that much known about him really – if you look on the American Art Archive that I’ve put a link to, there is a little bit there; but really, he’s quite unknown. All my information has just come from the internet. Try that website? If you have a picture of your painting, I’d love to see it!

  3. pacoabell says:

    I have an original painting by Louis Shabner which I was given in 1973, he had an artists agent called Richard Attwood in London around that time.

    1. littleowlski says:

      Wow! I’d love to see a picture of it. Do you have it displayed anywhere?

  4. phil says:

    hi sometimes she is called the red ribbon girl,but her real name is melanie.If you still have the original be very careful it would not surprise me if it fetched a four figure sum from a collecter i would also insure it for at least 1500 pounds so take very good care of her cheers phil c

    1. littleowlski says:

      I wish it was the original but it’s not, just a print! Thanks, Emma

  5. steven cunliffe says:

    hi i believe i have an original loui shabner painting called gail would anyone know its est, worth thank you

  6. MICK DOUGHTY says:

    I am interested in prints of his with girls with falcons on their fists. Can anybody help please?

    1. retrolove80 says:

      Hi Mick, It’s called Falconer (1970); features a stunning brunette with a very intense gaze? Are you interested in information because you have one? or hoping to buy one?

      1. Mick Doughty says:

        Sorry for the late reply (only by 2 years but )! I bought it about40 years ago in Australia but there was about 3 or 4 other prints of various young ladies holding one of an owl one with a crow etc. Anybody know anything about the others?

  7. kaylovesvintage says:

    I still need to find some of his prints..

  8. Peter Taylor says:

    hello i have what appears to be an original piece called puppy love who could tell me if this is the case

  9. Peter says:

    I found a ‘Melanie’ hanging up in my attic when I moved in. I’m assuming it’s nit the original as its in a cheap frame and has a flimsy back. I only noticed the signature today, googled Shabner and arrived here.

    Interesting stuff guys.


  10. colin battiscombe says:

    I have a painting by Louis Shabner – puppy love. How do i know if it is a original? Was given to me about 32 years ago.

  11. deb says:

    Hi all. my parents have Melanie hanging in their hall, they got it around 1970s in a proper frame how do you know if its original? parents said it is an original print.

  12. penny annis says:

    I have a nicole picture. By louis shabnert if any one knows out about her ? And is it worth any thing ?

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