A new exhibition at Somerset House explores the “wonderfully eccentric world of artist-author Hergé and Tintin, his intrepid reporter character from the Belgian cartoonist’s beloved comic series. The exhibition explore the evolution of the artwork of Hergé, from the simplicity of early newspaper strips to the genre-defining graphic work of the later books.
The show examines the evolution of Tintin, from his first appearance in the children’s supplement of a Belgian newspaper – Le Petit Vingtième – in 1929, to a reproduction of the very last image Hergé drew, for the unfinished book Tintin and Alph-Art, before his death in 1983.
The Tintin expert, Michael Farr, who has worked on the exhibition with the Hergé Foundation, said he hoped it would attract old and new fans.
“It is for the person who first discovers him and goes ‘wow’ but also for the many people who are Tintin connoisseurs. The books are full of adventure. It is really exciting, gripping, page-turning stuff and the humour is everywhere, you really do laugh out loud reading these books.”
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Until 31 January