Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse
At: Weston Museum, Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1PR
4 March 2023 - 3 June 2023
Quentin Blake has illustrated poetry throughout the whole of his career, creating illustrations for such varied poets as Roald Dahl and William Shakespeare. The first ever exhibition dedicated to Quentin's illustrations for poetry, Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse is touring the UK until 2024.
The exhibition brings together a selection of more than 120 of Quentin's illustrations for poetry of all kinds, from comic nonsense to poignant ballads. It celebrates his illustrations for popular nursery rhymes and children's favourites like The Owl and the Pussycat and Jabberwocky. Work for more 'serious' poets such Sylvia Plath, whose poem for children 'The Bed Book' was illustrated by Quentin in 1984, also makes a rare appearance.
Quentin says, “The choice of moments, and a sense of discretion about what to draw and what not to draw, is particularly important in the business of illustrating poetry.”
The show includes roughs and preliminary sketches alongside the finished artworks for both modern and classical writers, from Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, to Michael Rosen and John Yeoman, as well as illustrations for Quentin's own popular verses Mr Magnolia and All Join In.
Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse is a a touring exhibition from Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. For more information about the Quentin Blake Centre, visit https://www.qbcentre.org.uk/