Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective

The first major UK retrospective of the celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist.

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"Intensely enjoyable and astute... Reliably funny and wise.The Spectator

Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. The exhibition will feature her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. It will also include the first ever British graphic novel, True Love, unseen pages from Tamara Drewe and drawings from Simmonds’ new 2018 book, Cassandra Darke.

Since the early 1970s, when she began sending up Guardian readers in her long-running comic strip for the paper that became Mrs Weber’s Diary, Simmonds’ everyday heroines have capture the popular imagination.

Co-curated by Paul Gravett

"The fine observational skills — and underlying moral indignation — of Hogarth, Gillray and Cruikshank live on in her work.The Spectator

"Any social historian a century from now wanting to know English life of the late 20th and early 21st century would be well advised to dwell on the work of Posy Simmonds. She has a knack for skewering the detail of people’s lives in an absolutely recognisable way.Evening Standard

"Creating progressive female characters long before the world got 'woke'." Metropolitan Magazine

Important to know:

One ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day. Buy exhibition tickets below.

Please check our opening times page for occasional closures before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Tickets

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Adult ticket with gift aid£8.80 £8.80
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Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
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Over 65 ticket with gift aid£7.70 £7.70
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Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
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Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
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National Art Pass ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
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Adult ticket£8.00 £8.00
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Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
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Over 65 ticket£7.00 £7.00
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Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
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Family ticket£18.00 £18.00
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National Art Pass ticket£4.00 £4.00
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Your ticket covers admission to ALL exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Check our What's On page for details of current exhibitions and the Visit Us page for opening hours.

- Concessions: student, job seeker, disabled (any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge)
- Child: aged 5-18, under 5s go free
- Family: up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18
- National Art Pass: 50% off full-price tickets with valid card
- Friends: unlimited free entry

- Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All tickets sales subject to our general terms and conditions.
- This ticket covers admission to all exhibitions open on the day of your visit. There is no re-admittance.
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