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One of the greatest creators of picture books in recent decades, John Burningham is much missed as both a man and an artist since his death two years ago. He consistently touched the hearts and minds of his young readers with stories that championed the individual spirit and imagination of his protagonists, and promoted a vision of a better, more environmentally sustainable, world. In order to communicate these stories, he made innovative and joyful use of a wide range of media and mark-making. His achievement was acknowledged early when, in 1963, he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration for his first book, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers. He was the first illustrator to win the medal a second time (for Mr Gumpy’s Outing in 1970), and received many further honours across his career. His final wish was for the illustrations for his last book ‘Mr Gumpy’s Rhino’ to be sold by Chris Beetles Gallery with all the proceeds to go to the Rhino conservation charity Tusk. Twice we have been forced to cancel this celebratory show, but we will stage this exhibition as soon as we are in safer and happier times.