A retrospective of Lauren Child’s work, including 50 original pieces of art by the author and illustrator, will take place at the National Trust’s Mottisfont property in Hampshire this summer.
The Art of Lauren Child: Adventures with Charlie, Lola and Friends will run from 18th July to 6th September, featuring illustrations by Child as well as objects that have inspired her work—including the vial that Lola’s pink milk glass, which features in the Charlie and Lola series, was based on.
Visitors will also see a preview of the illustrations for Child’s new book, One Thing, which will be published by Orchard this autumn to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Charlie and Lola. “It’s lovely to be able to show the breadth of my work, because sometimes the focus is just on your very well-known characters,” said Child. “But I think it’s so much more interesting to go and see things that you’ve never seen before, or even knew about.”
The author will appear at the show on its opening day to read from her books and sign copies. Visitors will be able to buy her books from Mottisfont’s shop, as well as merchandise such as limited edition prints, mugs and tote bags.
Child chose Mottisfont for her first retrospective because of her parents’ love for the former medieval priory. She said: “My mother and father come here a lot because my mother is particularly fond of roses and they love the rose garden. When I visited for the first time, I fell in love with the atmosphere of the house. It has a unique feeling of a blend of ideas and artistic creativity.”
Louise Govier, curator of the exhibition, said: “I think our visitors are going to love Lauren’s art. Many of them will know her characters already—they’re certainly firm favourites in my family—and it’s fascinating to see up close the illustrations created for her books. They are a wonderful blend of collage, pattern, line and paint, and full of quirky little details.”