Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand

An exhibition by the ground-breaking 1960s illustrator, designer and entrepreneur

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"The books were groundbreaking when they were published in Britain and the US in 1959" The Guardian

Jacqueline Ayer was endlessly admired and respected. What is always difficult to understand is the degree to which she was able to change every culture she was embedded in, from editorial pages to clothing design, to fabrics and children’s books.” Milton Glaser

Jacqueline Ayer's picture books were a remarkable addition to 1960s America. Documenting her family’s life around the back lanes of Bangkok, they were the first books published in the US to depict Asian culture authentically. The Paper-Flower Tree and Nu Dang and his Kite will be reissued by Enchanted Lion Books to coincide with the exhibition, for the first time in almost 60 years.

Born in 1930s New York to Jamaican parents, Ayer grew up with Milton Glaser in the first interracial housing in the US. She illustrated for Vogue and worked alongside Andy Warhol before moving to Thailand in the 1950s.

She also founded fashion company Design Thai, creating textiles and garments without colonial overtones – her reference book Oriental Fashion is still used by London College of Fashion today.

Important to know:

One ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day. Buy exhibition tickets below.

On Thursday 5 October the exhibition will close early, at 4.30pm. 


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£8.25 £8.25
Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
Adult ticket£7.50 £7.50
Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
Family ticket£18.00 £18.00

Ticket information:

Your ticket covers admission to ALL current House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Please make sure you have checked our What's On page for full details. House of Illustration is open 10:00-18:00 Tuesdays through Sundays. Final admission is at 17:30.

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Concessions: Senior (over 65), student, job seeker, disabled.

Child: aged 5-18. Under 5s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)

Family: Up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18

Any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge.

These tickets will grant entry to all galleries that are open on the day of your visit.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All tickets sales subject to our general terms and conditions.

Gift Aid
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