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Knutsford Library, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PG

A wonderful opportunity to see the work of two famous novelists in a completely different way – through the eyes of the artists who worked with them to illustrate their works.

Both Gaskell and Uttley were famous authors who lived and worked in Knutsford and produced some of their most interesting and important books while living in the town. Mrs Gaskell worked from the late 1840s with a number of well-known illustrators, while Alison Uttley used the artwork of local Macclesfield artist Charles F. Tunnicliffe for her numerous books about nature and country life in the 1930s. Both writers chose illustrations that are comic, sensitive, accurate and lovingly created.

Thanks to a collaboration with The Charles Tunnicliffe Society and Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, visitors to Knutsford Library can see an exhibition of beautiful, previously unseen original art work produced by CF Tunnicliffe for Alison Uttley’s book ‘Ambush of Young Days’ and view other book illustrations. Visitors can also handle some of Tunnicliffe’s art in the form of books, tea cards and greeting cards, all carefully crafted as etchings, paintings and adverts, at a special ‘Art for All’ station.

Opening Times

Thursday 6 September: 0900 – 1900
Friday 7 September: 0900 – 1700
Saturday 8 September: 0930 – 1300

Booking Details

No booking required


Parking/Disabled parking to the rear of the Library.

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