John Burningham: An illustrator for all ages

A Major Retrospective Exhibition 

I am having an exhibition of retrospective work that will include over 200 works spanning my entire career, from Cannonball Simp in the mid 1960’s through Mr Gumpy’s Outing, to my latest book, Motor Miles.  All these illustrations will be on show at the Chris Beetles Gallery from Sunday 11 December 2016 until Friday 13 January 2017.

All artwork is for sale. To view the exhibition click here. For further information, contact the gallery direct:

Chris Beetles Gallery
8 & 10 Ryder Street
St James’s
London SW1Y 6QB

Telephone: 020 7839 7551





I am constructing another children’s book. This time it’s mice.

I have not done mice since 1964 when my story was about a mouse that learned to play the Balalaika. This is about a family of troubled mice. I have written and illustrated more than fifty books but now I wonder if I have gone full circle?

I am very fortunate to have a work room which leads on to a garden. I have recently established a relationship with a robin. The robin watches me when I step outside and, if I want to please the bird, I will move a pot or pull up a weed so the robin can find an insect to eat.

There are lots of things we all have to worry about: The Middle East, global warming, the bank, family, etc, but I have now added to my list the well-being of the robin in the garden. Oh dear, maybe the robin is next..


Just finished an Easter e-card that you can now send through my website.

My new book, ‘John Burningham’s Champagne’, is being published by LochAwe Books this October.

You can now order online here: Compass


Red Nose Day Auction

I’m auctioning off this drawing I recently did of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to raise money for Red Nose Day.

You can see full details and bid on it here:

E-card section added to my website

You can now send free e-cards thought my website.

The First card has been added buy I will try and add one new card each week so keep checking back!

I’ve joined the internet!

Not only do I have this new site that is still under construction, but I am also now on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Keep checking back regularly as this site will grow quickly!