The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

House of Illustration

2 September 2016 – 5 February 2017

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Quentin Blake's original illustrations for The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, the recently re-discovered unpublished Beatrix Potter story, are on display.

The newly unearthed book is about 'a well-behaved prime black kitty cat, who leads rather a double life', and contains classic characters from other Beatrix Potter books, like Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Mr Tod. Its existence was discovered in 2014 by publisher Jo Hanks in a letter that Beatrix Potter had written to her publisher a century prior.

Quentin Blake, who agreed to illustrate the story, said in The Guardian: 'it seemed almost incredible when, early in 2015, I was sent the manuscript of a story by Beatrix Potter; one which had lain unpublished for 100 years and which, with the exception of a single drawing, she had never illustrated.

'I liked the story immediately – it’s full of incident and mischief and character – and I was fascinated to think that I was being asked to draw pictures for it,” he continued. “I have a strange feeling that it might have been waiting for me.'

The exhibition will contain about 50 Quentin Blake illustrations inspired by the book.​

Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, and natural scientist who is best known for her children's books with animals, like in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Quentin Blake is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer who is best known for illustrating books by Roald Dahl.

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