Mervyn Peake was an author, poet, artist, illustrator & teacher, born in Kuling, China. Husband of artist Maeve Gilmore & father of the painter Fabian Peake.
Studied Eltham College & RA Schools, where he won the Hacker Prize, 1931. Taught Life Drawing at Westminster School of Art, where he met Gilmore.
Was appointed an official War Artist, then in 1946, returned to live on the Island of Sark for 3 happy years. He taught at Central School of Art, but eventually had to give this up as he had Parkinson's Disease.
Published Titus Groan, 1946, Gormenghast, 1950, & Titus Alone 1959, all set in a fantasy world.
He illustrated Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, 1941, the Alice books, 1946-54, & Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1943, his own books including The Craft of the Lead Pencil, 1946
Peake’s work was widely exhibited, including RA 1931-39; in 1991 there was a joint show of his & Gilmore’s work at Littlehampton Museum.