The finest art exhibitions to visit this October

Cezanne’s Card-Players. Cezanne’s series of paintings of peasants playing cards is often considered among his finest works of art. This exhibition will be the first to bring together a collection of these paintings alongside a group of Cezanne’s portraits of Provencal peasants and preparatory oil sketches and drawings. From the 21st October – January 2011. At Courtauld Gallery, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2. 020 7848 2526 (see Country Life review 3 Nov 2010)

Invitation to the Ballet: Ninette de Valois and the Story of The Royal Ballet is a major new exhibition showing some of L S Lowry’s ballet drawings for the first time. The life and career of Ninette de Valois ran parallel with that of LS Lowry, whose love of ballet is perhaps a surprising element of his work for those familiar simply with his industrial scenes. A collaboration between the Royal Opera House and the Lowry, the exhibition is at the Lowry, Salford from 23 Oct to 6 March 2011. 0843 2086005

Henry Aldrich (1648-1710) – An Oxford Universal Man; celebrating the tricentenary of the death of Henry Aldrich, Dean of Christ Church, architect, collector of music and prints, author of books on logic and architecture, at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford from 22 Oct to 30 Jan 2011. 01865 276 172

Rare Beasts – A joint exhibition from wildlife artists Gary Stinton and Vicky White in support of Mark Shand’s charity ‘Elephant Family’ at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, Park Walk, Fulham, London SW10 until 4 Dec. 020 7351 0410

The Figure – previously unseen sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro at Royal Society of British Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 from 21 Oct to 19 Nov.

Pat Semple – New Works at Browns Gallery, Castle Brae, Tain until 1 Nov. 01862 893884

A Rage for the Lakes: Lake District Views from Abbot Hall Art Gallery at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham from 22 Oct to 9 Jan 2011. 0121 414 7333

Exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Guild of Handicraft Trust at Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucs until 28 Nov. 01386 841951

Autumn Exhibition – a collection of period and modern fine art from the 1850s to 1970s at Barry Keene Gallery, 12 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames until 30 Oct.

Place – paintings by Makiko Nakamura at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 30 Oct. 020 7499 1314.

Hubert Dalwood – Landscape into Sculpture, an exhibition by the New Art Centre, Roche Court at Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds until 30 Jan 2011.

Jack Morrocco – solo show – over 50 paintings by the Scottish colourist coinciding with a new book “Jack Morrocco – A Work in Progress” on show at Gullane Art Gallery, Gullan, East Lothian until 7 Nov.

Solo show by Shazia Mahmood – new works of the West Coast of Scotland at Greens and Blues Gallery, 59 High Street, North Berwick until 24 Nov.

Sargy Mann’s new London exhibition of paintings, all painted since the artist became completely blind in 2005, on show at Cadogan Contemporary, South Kensington, London from 19 Oct to 13 Nov.

Wherever They Fell, exhibition curated by Anna Parkina of works by Roman Ass, Ludovic Boulard le Fur, Andrew Gilbert, Andrey Rejet, Dominic Wood and Dimitry Zabavin at Wilkinson, 50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 until 21 Nov.

The Art of Real Life: Contemporary Figure Painting at the Red Rag Modern Art Gallery, Brock Street, Bath until 31 Oct.

No New Thing Under the Sun – exhibition bringing together selected historical pieces from the RA Collection, together with works by contemporary artists – around 50 works spanning the last 500 years which look at time, transience and human vanity, the grandeur of life and the inevitability of death. On show in the Tennant Gallery at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 from 21 Oct to 9 Jan.

Paintings, Sculptures and Prints by Breon O’Casey, a key figure in the St Ives artists’ group, at the Terrace Rooms, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 from 20 Oct to 30 Jan.

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 from 21 oct to 23 Jan 2011. See preview in Country Life, 27 Oct 2010.

Peter Graham Roi – A Painter’s Journey – 50 new landscapes, interiors and still lifes by the renowned Scottish colourist on show at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London until 10 Nov.

Retrospective Exhibition of the work of John Carter from 1960s to the present, including wall sculptures, relief work and drawings, at the Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London W1 from 20 Oct to 11 Nov.

All Over the Place: Drawing Place, Drawing Space – recent drawings by 17 contemporary artists at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, Parkinson Building, Leeds from 22 June to 23 Oct. 0113 3432778
Teatopia – an exhibition which looks at the national pastime of tea drinking, from its links with countries and cultures to the design inspiration for the latest tea-taking wares. At the Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, Arundel Gate, Sheffield until 24 Oct. 0114 278 2600
Edward Weston: Life Work – vintage prints by the quintessential 20th century American photographer at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh until Oct 24.  
Artists’ Laboratory 01: Ian McKeever RA. The artist’s work reflects the expansiveness and openness the artist felt after leaving the city to live in the countryside for the first time since childhood. At The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly. 8th Sept – 24th Oct. 02073008000.

From Drawing-board to Display: the Work of the Wallace Collection Conservation Technician. The exhibition seeks to highlight the work of an unsung hero of the Department, the Conservation Technician, who plays a vital role in assisting in the display of the galleries and special exhibitions. At The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square. 12th June – 24th Oct. 02075639567.

The Gallant Apparel – Italian Art and the Modern at Robilant + Voena, 38 Dover Street, London W1 until 27 Oct.

Flower paintings and still lifes by Harry More Gordon at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 21 Oct.

Exhibition of 35 animal drawings by Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865-1926) at Rountree Fine Art Ltd, 118 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 until 24 Oct.

Ffiona Lewis – Urban Works, at Eleven Spiralfields, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1 until 28 Oct.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists 65th Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 12 -23 Oct. 020 7930 6844

Hamish Mackie – exhibition of his recent sculptures at The Gallery in Cork Street, 28 Cork Street, London W1 until 23 Oct.

Chloe Lamb – paintings at Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London until 23 Oct. 020 7352 2733