The Ladybird Life of Dickens: an illustrated adventure

This exhibition runs from Wed, 30th Nov 2016 to Sun, 16th Apr 2017. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

  • Fri, 20th Jan 2017
  • Sat, 21st Jan 2017
  • Sun, 22nd Jan 2017
  • Tue, 24th Jan 2017
  • Wed, 25th Jan 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: £9

A modest display of the illustrations and original text from the Ladybird Books edition on the life and works of Charles Dickens.

The book, An Adventure in History: Charles Dickens, was made by the publisher’s ‘dream team’, artist John Kenney (1911-1972) and writer Lawrence du Garde Peach (1890-1974).

This exhibition presents Kenney’s original gouache-on-board illustrations alongside Peach’s words.

Each shows an important scene from Dickens’s life in full colour with vivid characters and dynamic action. Kenney’s keen sense of historic detail is filtered by the flamboyant taste of his era: this is Victorian England, 1960s style.

A review is here.

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Charles Dickens Museum,

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