The Mervyn Peake Archive by Mervyn Peake

The Peake Archive of drawings, poetry notebooks and manuscripts greatly strengthens and complements the Library’s existing post-war literary holdings and will enable scholars to take forward research on Peake’s work.


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 century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing. Throughout his life, he illustrated a number of children’s books and classic texts, including Treasure Island, Alice’s 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 Carroll’s Alice books (see main illustration) and the Gormenghast notebooks.


The Peake estate through Sotheby's.

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