Paddington Bear may be well over 50 years old but his fame shows no sign of declining as he becomes the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of London and the star of a new film due to be released at the end of November.
Created by Michael Bond in 1956, Paddington has become a global phenomemnon with his books selling 30 million copies worldwide. The orphan Bear from deepest darkest Peru, with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches has become one of the classic characters in children’s literature.
The exhibition at the Museum of London will be getting its own life-size Paddington statue designed by BBC Sherlock’s leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch, as part of the Paddington Trail brought to the capital by VisitLondon.com, NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL. From 4 November, visitors can follow in the footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer finding replica’s of Paddington at 50 sites across London.
Opening on 14 November, the exhibition, A Bear Called Paddington, will be charting the story of the much loved character from page to screen, and explore the many representations of him over nearly sixty years.
Through a mix of objects including a first-edition book, illustration and film and animation props drawn from private collections never-before seen together in the UK, the museum will show the evolution of Paddington from first-draft, right up to today. Highlights include:
A signed first edition copy of the debut story, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ (1958), belonging to the author’s daughter, Karen Jankel.
An original illustration of Paddington by Peggy Fortnum
The original typewriter (1965) that Michael Bond used to write ‘Paddington at Work’ and ‘Paddington Goes to Town’ once he left the BBC in 1965 to write Paddington full-time
An original plush Paddington by Gabrielle Designs (1980)
Props from the forthcoming STUDIOCANAL film, PADDINGTON, opening in UK cinemas on 28 November
2D cut-outs and original Paddington puppet from the 1970s TV animations
A Bear Called Paddington
FREE exhibition, 14 November 2014 – 4 January 2015, Museum of London
For more information , visit the Museum of London website here
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