Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

The first ever retrospective of one of the most important author-illustrators of all time.

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"House of Illustration continues its brilliant work celebrating the contributions of the UK’s most popular illustrators." Evening Standard, 'Best Exhibitions to See in 2020'

Raymond Briggs’ influence on children’s literature cannot be overstated. He invented scatological humour for children, centred stories around working-class families for the first time and confronted massive, ‘grown-up’ issues including dementia, death and nuclear war.

This long-awaited exhibition will show never-before-seen material from Briggs’ personal archive that reveals the origin of the iconic titles that have become literary classics and international phenomena. With original artwork from books including his poignant picture book The Snowman (1980) and pioneering graphic novel Ethel & Ernest (1998), the exhibition celebrates Briggs as an exceptional draughtsman, typographer and storyteller.