Somerset House recently presented TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece. Stepping inside the wonderfully eccentric world of artist-author Hergé and Tintin, his intrepid young reporter, the exhibition explored the evolution of the artwork of Hergé, from the simplicity of early newspaper strips to the genre-defining graphic work of the later books. Drawing on the archives of the Hergé Museum in Belgium, TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece featured pencil sketches, character drawings, and watercolours alongside original artwork from the finished stories.
Windows were drawn into many of Tintin’s adventures and they took many forms in his stories, from sash windows to portholes, camera viewfinders to binoculars. The windows never appeared on the page by chance, just like the characters whose roles help to further the plot of the storyline.
Models of memorable locations such as Tintin’s apartment were on display and the exhibition designed in reference to one of Hergé’s favourite backdrops - Marlinspike Hall, Captain Haddock’s country house once owned by his maritime ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.