An exhibition at the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner will be extended until September 6 after it was postponed because of the lockdown.
Staff at the museum plan to extend Charles Keeping: Londoner & Illustrator in the hope that the government will lift lockdown for the leisure sector in time for the museum to re-open to enable visitors to see these truly remarkable works.
Charles Keeping, one of the most influential of modern British book illustrators, died in 1988 and this exhibition, the first ever held of his illustrations, celebrates his life and work.
He was a Londoner through and through, and his childhood in Lambeth provided him with an endlessly rich stock of images to draw on throughout his working life.
But his vision was universal, individual and often disturbing.
It has been argued that the strength and honesty of everything he undertook changed the face of British children’s book illustration. His work was highly original and often had a strong element of the macabre.
The exhibition confirms Charles Keeping’s stature and contribution not just as a major picture-book artist but also as a revelatory illustrator of Dickens for the Folio Society.
He was one of the true greats, and an exhibition to honour him is long overdue.
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