Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

Compton Verney

21 October – 17 December 2017

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A unique insight into the origins of some of Quentin Blake’s most popular creations, including Roald Dahl's The Twits and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams.

One of the nation's best loved illustrators, Quentin Blake has produced work for more than 300 books during his extraordinary career. This exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards with finished art, demonstrating how the illustrator's ideas evolve during the creative process.

Introduced in Blake's own words, work on display includes favourite characters from Roald Dahl's Matilda and The BFG, plus illustrations for Michael Rosen's Sad Book. More than 140 pieces show the breadth of his designs, and encompass a wide range of different media including inks, watercolours and pastels; each being particular to the mood of a book and the nature of its characters. 

Visitors can also see some of Blake's artist tools and gain insight into his process through candid personal commentary. 

Venue information

Opening times

19 Mar – 11 Dec
Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm and park closes at 6pm)

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)