Drawing on Salisbury: Jim Smith’s Frog Band Illustrations

Drawing on Salisbury: Jim Smith’s Frog Band Illustrations Alphonse le Flic disguised as an onion seller, tryout from Jim Smith's book The Frog Band and the Onion Seller, first published in 1976

Saturday, October 1, 2011 to Saturday, January 7, 2012

Booking: No booking required.
Cost: Normal admission charges apply.

Delve into the adventurous world of Alphonse le Flic, eminent detective, and his escapades involving the Frog Band, a musical group of merry frogs.  Jim Smith’s original drawings and watercolours are on show at Salisbury Museum as part of the launch of three reprints of his well-loved children’s books by Fircone Books.

Drawing on Salisbury was inspired by the theme for this year’s October Big Draw ‘Drawing Age’ which explores the importance of drawing in our lives.  Jim’s books evolved from tales he made up for his children, inspired by his own Salisbury-based childhood in the 1920s and 30s. 

Jim’s imaginative and humorous stories are brought to life through a selection of his distinctive watercolours, which include his well-loved Frog Band characters and show how he was inspired by people and places in Salisbury and the nearby area.  Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see these locations as they appear today by using photographs taken by Jim’s granddaughter Amelia, a photography student at Totten College, which will be displayed alongside the illustrations.

Some of Jim’s original books together with copies of the new publications will be available to look at in our reading corner and there will be the opportunity to dress up like one of the characters from the stories using costumes made especially for the exhibition.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Jim’s son, Ken Smith, and the museum’s Exhibitions Officer Kim Chittick and offers a rare opportunity to see Jim’s original work and see how his stories and drawings developed.

PLUS: Look out for exciting family- friendly activities running as part of the exhibition, especially in the October half-term.