Somerset House announces TINTIN: Hergé's Masterpiece exhibition on much-loved cartoon

By Culture24 Reporter Published: 05 August 2015

Somerset House says it will channel some of Tintin creator Hergé’s adoration of architecture and design when it opens a major exhibition on the cartoon in November

An image of a cartoon of Tintin from the cartoon strip with his dog Snowy
© Hergé-Moulinsart 2015
Curators believe the neoclassical qualities and nautical heritage of the house – which served as the home of the Navy Board and the office of Lord Nelson – will make it a “compelling” setting for TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece, which will explore the evolving artwork of a strip launched as a weekly in Le Petit Vingtième, in Brussels, in 1929.

An image of a cartoon of Tintin from the cartoon strip with his dog Snowy
© Hergé-Moulinsart 2015
Models and installations of memorable locations, including Tintin’s apartment, will be showcased, with a particular emphasis on Marlinspike Hall – Captain Haddock’s country house, once owned by his maritime ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.

The exhibition will drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Belgium.

  • TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece is at Somerset House from November 12 2015 – January 31 2016. Admission free.

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Three museums to see cartoon history in:

British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent
The principal collection of British cartoons of social and political comment. Originally established in 1973 as the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, it holds 140,000 original drawings and 85,000 cuttings, representing the work of 350 different cartoonists.

Cartoon Museum, London
The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. There is also a shop, archive and reference library.

Royal Academy of Arts, London
To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo a rarely exhibited treasure of the RA’s Collection, the Daniel Maclise cartoon, The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo, will be on display after spending decades in storage. More than 13 metres wide, it is one of the largest cartoons in the UK and was produced in preparation for a prestigious commission in the Houses of Parliament, where the the finished wall-painting is still on display. On show from September 2 2015 — January 3 2016.
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