House of Illustration

Ardizzone: A Retrospective

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square, King's Cross
26 Apr 2017 - 23 May 2017
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The first major exhibition in 40 years of the work of Edward Ardizzone

‘The supreme contemporary example of the genuine illustrator’
Maurice Sendak on Edward Ardizzone, 1967

Edward Ardizzone is one of the most significant illustrators of the 20th century, whose wide-ranging output spanned children's books, literary classics, war illustration and much more.

Ardizzone’s lively line-and-wash drawings were based on constant observation of the world, disciplined by classical figure composition. He is best-known for his illustrated children’s books, in particular the ‘Little Tim’ series which he wrote and illustrated, starting in 1936 with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, all of which are still in print today.

This is the first major exhibition of Ardizzone's work in 40 years. From his relatively unknown early commissions to rarely seen original illustrations, the exhibition features over 100 pieces from public and private collections that reflect the incredible diversity of Ardizzone’s career. Highlights include a Little Tim manuscript, mural artwork for a P&O ocean liner, ceramic figurines and poster designs for Lyons, as well as sketchbooks and illustrated correspondence.

The exhibition coincides with the publication by Lund Humphries of Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator, the first full illustrated monograph of Ardizzone by celebrated art historian Alan Powers.

Ardizzone: A Retrospective is co-curated by Alan Powers and House of Illustration's curator Olivia Ahmad. Generously supported by the Exhibition Supporters Group.

Opening Times are:

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm (Last admission 5.30pm)

Bank holiday opening times may vary (please check website for confirmation when booking tickets)