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28th August -

9th September 2024

Detail from by Arthur Hughes

George MacDonald Bicentenary 

A major new family exhibition featuring 
48 of the wonderful illustrators of
George MacDonald’s children’s books. 

The Scottish Illustration Festival will feature an exhibition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Huntly author, George MacDonald.

Known as the father of fantasy fiction and a major influence on writers such as Lewis Carrol, J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis, MacDonald was one of the most respected writers of his generation. 

This exhibition will celebrate how his inventive and memorable children’s stories were brought to life by illustrators such as Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), E H Shepard (Winnie the Pooh), Jessie Willcox Smith and Maud Humphrey (mother of Humphrey Bogart). 

Never before seen together, these illustrations reveal something wonderful about the history and development of children’s illustration, from the wood engravings of Victorian books to the many styles seen in today’s children’s books. 

This exhibition will have something for everyone  - from young children finding out about MacDonald’s fairy stories for the first time, to the more established George MacDonald fan looking for more information about the man and his legacy. 

The exhibition will include a timeline and many images of his life and family, and of historic Huntly where he was born.

The exhibition venue, No. 30, the square, is in Huntly, Aberdeenshire and the exhibition is free of charge. Please follow our social media and bookmark our "What's On" page for regularly updated details of festival events.

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