A manuscript written over 100 years ago by beloved author, Beatrix Potter, has recently been rediscovered and is now to be published with iconic illustrations provided by Quentin Blake. The illustrations and the original manuscript are on display together for the first time at the House of Illustration.
The rediscovered manuscript tells the story of a well-behaved black cat who leads rather a double life, and features classic Potter characters including Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
The exhibition will feature Blake’s 50 illustrations for the book, a sketchbook and reference material. It will also contain the original Beatrix Potter manuscript and one of Potter’s only two illustrations for the book, on loan from the V&A.
This will be the second exhibition to be held in the new Quentin Blake Gallery at House of Illustration, which opened in April. The Quentin Blake Gallery offers a continuous series of exhibitions of different aspects of Blake’s work, drawing on the unparalleled diversity of his personal archive of thousands of original illustrations, roughs and preparatory drawings.