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The story behind The Fox and the Star

The Fox and the Star (opens in new tab), named Waterstones Book of the Year in 2015, is regarded by many as one of the most exquisitely illustrated children's books of all time, and there's an opportunity to learn more about it at London's William Morris Gallery. 

The Fox and the Star is inspired by two of the best Williams: Morris and Blake

The Fox and the Star is inspired by two of the best Williams: Morris and Blake

The gallery's Fox and the Star exhibition (opens in new tab) tells the fascinating story of how the book was conceived and produced. Author Coralie Bickford-Smith (opens in new tab) was inspired by William Morris, William Blake, and the work of Morris' Kelmscott Press, which he established with the hope of producing books that have "a definite claim to beauty".

The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to look at some of Coralie Bickford-Smith's sketches

The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to look at some of Coralie Bickford-Smith's sketches

The exhibition will explore the historic books that played a part in the development of her style, and initial drawings and other work from her sketchbook will be displayed, as well as rarely seen proofs.

The exhibition is ideal for all ages and runs at The William Morris Gallery until 29 January, and there's a special event on 26 January (opens in new tab) in which Coralie Bickford-Smith will relate her 'life in a bookshelf' and explain why she believes the printed page still matters. 

Learn more about The Fox and the Star at the William Morris Gallery

Learn more about The Fox and the Star at the William Morris Gallery

This article originally appeared in Paint & Draw issue 02; buy it here (opens in new tab)!

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Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 16 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for numerous publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, ImagineFX, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq. For Creative Bloq, she mostly writes about web design, including the hottest new tools, as well as 3D artwork and VFX.