A Tale of Kitty in Boots – House of Illustration

‘A Tale of Kitty in Boots’ – Quentin Blake’s original artworks exhibited at House of Illustration.

Venue: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH

2nd September – 5th February 2017. Adult ticket £7, student £5, children £4.



On 2 September 2016 House of Illustration will open a new exhibition of Quentin Blake’s original drawings for The Tale of Kitty in Boots, the unpublished Beatrix Potter manuscript recently re-discovered over 100 years after it was originally written.

The book about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, features classic Potter characters including Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Tod re-drawn by Blake.

The exhibition will feature Blake’s complete illustrations for the book and his sketchbooks.  It will also contain the original Beatrix Potter manuscript and Potter’s only complete illustration for the book, both on loan from the V&A Museum.

It will be accompanied by learning materials and workshops for families and schools, inspired by Blake’s work and led by professional illustrators.

Colin McKenzie, director of House of Illustration said: “We are delighted to be able to exhibit Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations for The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots. The combination of Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake is a magical one, and it is the perfect second exhibition for the permanent Quentin Blake Gallery at House of Illustration, which opened earlier this year.”

The exhibition will coincide with the publication of The Tale of Kitty in Boots in hardback on 1 September by Frederick Warne & Co, Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s.


2nd September 2016

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