Quentin Blake takes on Potter

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

HEN The Tale of Kitty-in-boots, a pre­vi­ously un­heard-of Beatrix Potter man­u­script, was dis­cov­ered ear­lier this year, the ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble— es­pe­cially when it emerged that the beloved cab­bage-steal­ing Peter Rab­bit would make a cameo ap­pear­ance (Town & Coun­try, Fe­bru­ary 3).

Now, an ex­hi­bi­tion of artist Quentin Blake’s il­lus­tra­tions for the tale, pub­lished this month by Fred­er­ick Warne & Co, Potter’s orig­i­nal pub­lisher which be­came an im­print of Pen­guin Ran­dom House in 1983, has opened at the House of Illustration, Lon­don N1 (un­til Fe­bru­ary 5, 2017, www.house­ofil­lus­tra­tion.org.uk).

The show, which fea­tures 50 il­lus­tra­tions telling the story of ‘a well-be­haved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a dou­ble life’, as well as an ap­pear­ance from an ‘older, slower’ Peter Rab­bit comes 150 years af­ter Potter’s birth and just over 100 af­ter the story was writ­ten.

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