This is just a little post to highlight a small, but fantastic, exhibition at the British Library.
‘Picture This’ closes on the 26th of January so, if you love illustration and you haven’t seen it yet, I really recommend a visit (and it’s free!).
In reviews of picture books the emphasis is so often on words rather than illustration, but this exhibition focuses entirely on the pictures; with original artwork, old books and video interviews.
In an age of ebooks, there’s something quite awe-inspiring about being a few centimetres away from classic illustrators’ work such as this wonderful drawing of Willy Wonka by Quentin Blake, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
As well as showcasing the art, the exhibition also looks at how well-know characters from books have been interpreted and reinterpreted over the years.
This is David Roberts's take on Mole from Wind in the Willows:
There are more pictures of the exhibition on the BritishLibrary Facebook page.
Have a lovely Christmas!