House of Illustration opens with Quentin Blake exhibition

Date Posted: 12/07/2014

Said to be world’s first public gallery dedicated to illustration, House of Illustration in King's Cross, London opens with inaugural exhibition Inside Stories.

The new art space is a place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms; from picture books to political cartoons, advertisements to animation and scientific drawings to fashion design.

Inside Stories, running until 2nd November, will showcase work by Quentin Blake, one of the UK’s best-loved illustrators.

This exhibition will give insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most characteristic creations, from his illustrations to Roald Dahl's The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams.

The exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards, many never shown before, with finished art work to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors.

Quentin Blake said: “Illustration has been one of the most distinctive strands in the history of British art and I’m delighted that there will now be a dedicated space where everyone can view, discuss or learn about illustration.”

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Photo credit: Quentin Blake.

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