A group of 28 working illustrations from the award-winning book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is being offered in a selling exhibition by Sotheby’s.
“We are all a Work in Progress” is the first selling exhibition since the book’s publication in 2019.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has won several awards for British artist Charlie Mackesy, Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. Mackesy was also amongst the winners of the 2020 Nielsen Bestseller Awards, with the book achieving Platinum status.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was named Book of the Year by both Barnes & Noble and Waterstones, and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year in 2020.
“These delicately rendered illustrations in ink and watercolour give an insight into the sensitivity and relatability of the little world in the book which, in today’s heightened awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing, acts as an important reminder to readers of all ages,” Sotheby’s said.
The selling exhibition runs until June 28, and many of the works are already sold. Various works by the artist will feature throughout Sotheby’s Jubilee Celebrations.
Mackesy began his career as a cartoonist for The Spectator, before becoming a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. His award-winning work has featured in books, private collections, galleries and public spaces around the world.
He worked with Richard Curtis on the set of Love Actually to create a set of drawings to be auctioned for Comic Relief, and with Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, The Unity Series. Mackesy is currently working on an animated short film adaptation of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
His words and illustrations have brought comfort to many and have been shared online around the world as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, magazine covers, street lamp posts, school classrooms, cafés, women’s safe houses, prisons, hospital wards and as NHS hospital computer screensavers. Away from art, Mackesy co-runs Mama Buci, a honey social enterprise in Zambia.