The Peake Archive of drawings, poetry notebooks and manuscripts greatly strengthens and complements the Librarys existing post-war literary holdings and will enable scholars to take forward research on Peakes work.
The Mervyn Peake Archive by Mervyn Peake, 19401960s
© Estate of Mervyn Peake/Photo © The British Library Board
- Pen & ink on paper
- Art Fund grant:
- £100,000 ( Total: £400,000; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
Mervyn Peake is best-known as the author of Gormenghast which ranks as one of this centurys most remarkable feats of imaginative writing. Throughout his life, he illustrated a number of childrens books and classic texts, including Treasure Island, Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. His illustrations form a significant portion of this archive and highlights include the complete set of original drawings and illustrations for Lewis Carrolls Alice books (see main illustration) and the Gormenghast notebooks.
The Peake estate through Sotheby's.
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