Everyone quite righty loves Mervyn Peake for Gormenghast. But he was also a spectacular drafter and character illustrator. He illustrated Dickens, Stevenson and Coleridge as well as his own work, and was a living legend during his time as a drawing teacher at Goldsmith’s School. As a government war artist, he produced a deeply moving body of work documenting the wreckage of 1945 Germany, and the allied rescue work at Belsen concentration camp. These experiences shaped his view of the world thereafter, and emerged later in the absurd, decaying edifices and characters of Gormenghast.