THREE OF THE BEST PRINT EXHIBITIONS
Revel in the art of bookmaking this month by visiting these inspiring shows
‘Colour: The Art and Science of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts’
at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge showcases historical manuscripts from all over the world – ranging from 8th century Northumbria to 17th century Nepal – embellished with decorative initials, borders and marginalia. Until 30 December (fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk).
‘The Book Beautiful: William Morris, Hilary Pepler and the Private Press Story’
at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has a particular highlight: fine-printing masterpiece The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer designed by William Morris and leading Pre-raphaelite artist Edward Burne Jones. Until 16 April 2017 (ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk).
‘The Tale of Kitty-in-boots’
at the House of Illustration in London offers the chance to discover a lost Beatrix Potter tale. Quentin Blake has illustrated the new book, which has just been published by Penguin, and 50 of his drawings are on show alongside one of the two original Potter illustrations. Until 5 February 2017 ( houseofillustration.org.uk).