Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

Fitzwilliam Museum

12 February – 12 May 2013

Quentin Blake, illustrator of such dishevelled characters as Roald Dahl’s BFG, presents a new collection of drawings revealing his scribbled genius.

One of the most inventive children’s illustrators of all time, Quentin Blake is a much-loved artist whose scruffy style has captivated the nation's imagination. His visual genius has brought us Matlida, Willy Wonka and of course the BFG. Of his scratchy drawings he says they invented him, not the other way around. In six decades he has produced drawings for 300 books from the cover of Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim to Michael Rosen's Sad Book. This exhibition features many of the sketches he has made in the last 10 years together with book illustrations, etchings and lithographs. There is also a special display of the tools of his trade, from watercolours to some quite unusual quills.

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For the past few years, Blake has had a special relationship with Cambridge having been commissioned to create drawings of famous alumni for the University’s 800th anniversary in 2009. Darwin, Wilberforce, Oliver Cromwell, James Clerk Maxwell, John Milton, Isaac Newton and Byron all featured in a special frieze he made for the city’s Hospital. Preliminary sketches of some of these characters will be on show in the exhibition.

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Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun & Bank Holidays 12noon – 5pm Closed Mon, 24 – 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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