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Art Gallery: The Worlds of Mervyn Peake | reviews, news & interviews

Art Gallery: The Worlds of Mervyn Peake

Art Gallery: The Worlds of Mervyn Peake

The centenary of the Gormenghast creator is celebrated in a new exhibition

Peake's 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party', 1945All images © Mervyn Peake Estate

Best known for the Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake, who died in 1968 and whose centenary is celebrated this year, was also an artist, an illustrator and a poet. As well as illustrating his own fiction (images 5-9), some of his finest drawings were for books by other authors. For grotesque satiric humour and Gothic sensibility he found a perfect match in Dickens, as his rather creepy illustrations for Bleak House beautifully attest.


Were you in a hurry? I think it's Bergen-Belsen....

Oh dear, thanks for pointing out - must have been my recent encounter with Henri Bergson and his theory of Simultaneity, which is rather apt....

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