This exhibition sets out to show the different ways in which fairies and elves have been portrayed over time.
The most popular work in the museum’s collection is a painting called The Fairy’s Birthday and the finest examples of Heath Robinson’s illustrative work are the drawings he made in 1914 to illustrate A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
These works are the centrepiece of an exhibition that traces the different ways in which fairies and elves have been portrayed from the early Victorian period to the recent past. The Heath Robinson pictures are complemented by works from the foremost Victorian fairy artist Richard Doyle and his brother Charles Altamont Doyle.
Other works inlcude illustrations by Charles Robinson and Arthur Rackham from the turn of the century and examples by Florence Mary Anderson, Helen Jacobs and Margaret Tarrant from the inter-war years.
There are also eight of the original watercolours for the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker. More recent works include an original cell from Walt Disney’s film of Peter Pan and two watercolours by Brian Froud.