This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the earliest publication of Cicely Mary Barker’s first fairy illustrations.
Since they first crept out from behind leaves and flowers in 1918 for the Elves and Fairies postcards, Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies™ have been enchanting and delighting children and adults alike.
Continuing to be inspired by fairies, Cicely Mary Barker published the first of her Flower Fairies books in 1923. Visitors will see original illustrations for more than 40 of her Flower Fairies designs.
Highlights include a rare set of 1918 Elves and Fairies postcards and the original artwork for these, as well as the preparatory sketches for the White Bindweed Fairy, Alder Fairy and Jack-go-to-Bed at noon.
There will also be previously unseen sketchbooks and drawings together with her research materials, demonstrating Cicely’s precision and skill as an artist.
Younger visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to dress up as some of their favourite fairies from Barker’s Illustrations and send pictures to family and friends.