What the Dickens!
Today, a display of the original 1960s illustrations for the Ladybird life of Dickens will go on display at the author’s London home, now the Charles Dickens Museum, at 48, Doughty Street, WC1.
‘The Ladybird Life of Dickens: An Illustrated Adventure’ includes 24 works by artist John Kenney and the book’s accompanying text by L. du Garde Peach. The ‘Adventures from History’ series is Ladybird’s largest, with 50 titles, and Du Garde Peach and Kenney collaborrated on almost half of them. ‘The Ladybird book is responsible for bringing the work of Dickens into so many homes, so it is fitting that we are celebrating its quality and bringing it into Dickens’s own home,’ says Cindy Sughrue, director of the museum, which is now dressed for a Victorian Christmas (until January 8, 2017) and features further seasonal events such as performances of A Christmas Carol. The exhibition runs until April 16, 2017 (www.dickensmuseum.com)