John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce Exhibition

Why is a raven like a writing desk? Sadly, we’ve no idea, but we do know one person who understands the madness of Alice in Wonderland: John Vernon Lord. The British illustrator has created beautiful drawings for Lewis Carroll’s books during his career, which are part of a new exhibition. John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce (from 13th July) opens at the House of Illustration in Granary Square, King’s Cross. Lord has made a name for himself with his pen-and-ink drawings which are filled with twists and dark humour. Born in 1939, Lord began working as a book illustrator aged 28; he was Professor of Illustration at the University of Brighton for 38 years. This year, Lord won a V&A Book Illustration Award for his work on James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. This display concentrates on his recent projects: illustrating Through the Looking-Glass, The Hunting of the Snark and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll, and Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses.

If you like the sound of this, there are lots of other London drawing destinations: The Courtauld Institute of Art has a gallery dedicated to drawings, while The Cartoon Museum’s current exhibition takes a look back at its first 50 shows. If you’d rather sip between sketches, relax in an armchair in Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London in Holborn. This hotel den is named after illustrator Gerald Scarfe, whose caricatures of the rich and famous decorate the walls – its drinks menu is also illustrated by Scarfe.

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