International Friendship Day: Pictures that make us feel friendly

If "books keep you company when you're alone. They're your friends through a rainy day", why shouldn't pictures? See Bankside Gallery's selection of pictures that (we think!) reflect the wonderfully multifarious friendships with which we can be blessed. 



Friendship is like a river which flows forever.

It may change its path but will never dry up.

- Reinhold Niebuhr



 John Duffin RE

Thames London


£245 unframed




True friendship is a plant of slow growth. 

- George Washington



Lars Nyberg RE

Marion’s Convalescent


£150 unframed





Whoever said "Diamonds are a girl’s best friend"

never owned a dog.

- Unknown



Charles Williams RWS

Dog and Red Ball


£195 unframed





Time spent with cats is never wasted.

- Sigmund Freud



Meg Dutton RE

Dreaming Cat


£175 unframed




Twins make the best of friends.

- Unknown



Pilar Munoz RE


latex, screenprint, relief stamp block

£395 unframed




Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support.

- Unknown



Sonia Martin ARE

Ace of Hearts

etching & aquatint

£125 unframed





Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families.

- Unknown



Ralph Kiggell ARE

Sumo Hold

water-based woodblock

£300 unframed





A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg

even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

- Bernard Meltzer



Trevor Price RE

The Angel and the Aviator

water-based woodblock

£100 unframed





Don’t walk in front of me…I may not follow. Don’t walk

behind me…I may not lead. Walk beside me

just be my friend.

- Albert Camus



Ann Tout RE

Resting Camels

wood engraving

£85 unframed





Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

- Friedrich Nietzsche



Sharon Lee RE

Hyacinth Transplant

lithograph, chine colle, cutting

£170 unframed




Good friends help you to find important things when you

have lost them… your smile, your hope and your courage.

- Doe Zantamata



Wendy Jacob RWS

Beach Fencing


£250 unframed



More like this on the Blog...

Read: 7 Artworks for Cat Lovers: International Cat Day

Read: #BanksideBrowsers: The Art of Love

 Read: 8 must-haves for animal lovers

Read: International Friendship Day: Artworks that make us feel friendly


The small print (if you're interested!): the original idea for Friendship Day came from Hallmark Cards in the 1930s. Originally celebrated on 2nd August, the day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money-making exercise, sales of friendship day cards did not take off in Europe and by the mid-1940s the day had faded into obscurity in the USA. The idea of a day to honour friendship was, however, adopted by a number of countries in Asia where it remains a popular custom to reserve a day for celebrating friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends. Behind it there's an interesting and valuable concept: by making friends with more people, there’s less chance of injustice, war, poverty.


“Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability,” explains the UN. 

July 26, 2018