Picture This: Children's Illustrated Classics

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory © Michael Foreman


Paddington Bear © Peggy Fortnum


Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling © British Library Board


Peter Pan and Wendy © Ian Beck


Paddington Bear Illustrations © Peggy Fortnum


The Railway Children © C E Brack


The Iron Man © George Adamso


Paddington Bear © Barry Wilkinson


Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling © Niroot Puttapipat


The Secret Garden © Lauren Child

How do you picture Peter Pan? Disney-style, all neat and nimble? How about Willy Wonka? Or Paddington Bear? This British Library exhibition takes a look at how we identify with characters through illustration by presenting drawings based on ten classic children’s titles. ‘The Iron Man’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘Paddington Bear’ and ‘The Secret Garden’ are among the books explored, and illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Rudyard Kipling and JRR Tolkien show how differently artists can interpret the same story and how a character can grow over time in the hands of different illustrators.


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I enjoyed this small exhibition- some great and not-so-great illustrators but a few charming filmed interviews- I especially loved the one with Michael Foreman. I wanted more though!