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Charles Keeping, one of the most influential of modern British book illustrators, died in 1988. Our exhibition celebrates his life and work. Keeping was a Londoner through and through, and his childhood in Lambeth provided him with an endlessly rich stock of images to draw on throughout his working life. But his vision was universal, individual and often disturbing. It has been argued that the strength and honesty of everything he undertook changed the face of British children’s book illustration. His work was highly original and often had a strong element of the macabre. The exhibition will confirm Charles Keeping’s stature and contribution not just as a major picture-book artist but also as a revelatory illustrator of Dickens for the Folio Society. Keeping was one of the true greats, and this exhibition to honour him is long overdue.

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Permanent Exhibition

Our permanent Heath Robinson exhibition combines original artwork with books, photographs, film & digital media to tell the full story of Heath Robinson’s artistic career.

23 Sep 2023 - 7 Jan 2024

Illustrating the Grotesque

Acidic, bawdy, grotesque. Heath Robinson’s illustrations for Rabelais explore a dark and dramatic part of his practice, characterised by expressive linework and grim subjects. See them alongside Goya’s Los Caprichos; experimental etchings portraying beasts, scoundrels and a society in ruin.

13 Jan 2024 - 24 Mar 2024

Mary Wheelhouse: Suffragette, Illustrator, Toymaker

Mary Vermuyden Wheelhouse was a force to be reckoned with. With an artistic career spanning three very different fields, she also dedicated her life to the fight for women’s suffrage. See her illustrations, paintings, suffrage cartoons and delightful wooden dolls – and discover the story of this extraordinary artist.
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