Rarely seen examples from Soviet Russia that revolutionised the format.

With Stalin's great purges persecuting anyone deemed radical or unsupportive of the state – 'dissidents' were either sent to labour camps or executed – the 1930s were difficult years for avant garde artists who found their freedom of expression increasingly limited.

For many refuge was to be found in children's books; the genre naturally leant itself to the unusual shapes, experimental compositions and bold colours of Abstract art, and so they were able to publish their imaginative and playful designs without censorship or, worse, punishment.

Picture books produced during this era are therefore, quite remarkable. The sophistication of the typography, design and illustration was not only unparalleled, but also set a precedent for children's publishing in the years to come. House of Illustration brings together an array of striking examples by the likes of Vladimir Tambi and sisters Olga and Galena Chicagova.

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