Anyone interested in the work of Mervyn Peake should visit the new exhibition of his illustration in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. There is a marvellous collection of work from Treasure Island, Alice, Grimm’s Household Tales and from books written by Peake, including Gormenghast.
Here is one of Mr Pye, sitting on his cannon on Sark. Many people came to the opening of the exhibition, including someone who travelled from Sark. It seems that the appeal of Peake’s work, both writing and illustration, is eternal. I was pleased to be involved with some of the preparations and felt almost moved to see such a huge collection, so beautifully presented.
For more information on the show, and to see how easy it is to travel to Yverdon from the UK, go to the Mervyn Peake blog.