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Header Image from Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs

Join staff, Friends and Patrons for a glass of wine and be the first to see Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective before it opens on Saturday.

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective is the first major exhibition about the graphic novelist and beloved picturebook maker, delving into the work of the author and illustrator behind some of the most influential children's books and graphic novels.

Raymond Briggs (1934-2022) is best known for silent picturebook The Snowman (1978). However, over a 60-year, award-winning career, Briggs created illustrated books on a wide variety of different themes, from family relationships and grief to social mobility and political satire. The exhibition includes work from Briggs's pioneering titles, including The Snowman (1978), Father Christmas (1973), Fungus the Bogeyman (1977) and Ethel and Ernest (1998). On display are his hand-lettered typography, page designs, and never-before-seen original illustrations from his studio which reveal his expert draughtsmanship, captivating storytelling and subversive humour.

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective is a touring exhibition from the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, featuring original illustrations courtesy of Raymond Briggs's Archive and Penguin Random House.

Image credits: Jim and the Beanstalk © Raymond Briggs, 1970

This event is for Friends of Cambridge University Library. Friends fund some of the most crucial activities in the library - securing new acquisitions, conserving and digitising our collections, and supporting our public programmes. Find out more and join here.

Where: Milstein Exhibition Centre.

Tickets: FREE - RSVP here.

Date: Thursday 27 April

5pm to 6:30pm