Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse

The first ever exhibition dedicated to Quentin Blake’s illustrations for poetry – on tour in Ayrshire.

When, Where

  • Dick Institute, Ayrshire

Sir Quentin Blake has been illustrating poetry throughout his 60-year career, creating illustrations for such varied poets as Roald Dahl and William Shakespeare.

Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse brings together a selection of Blake’s illustrations for poetry of all kinds, from comic nonsense poems to poignant ballads. It begins its tour at Kirkby Gallery and continues at the Dick Institute in Ayrshire.

The exhibition celebrates Blake’s illustrations for popular nursery rhymes like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and famous poems like ‘The Jabberwocky’, while also shining a light on less well-known works for the likes of Sylvia Plath and T. S. Eliot.

It includes roughs, preliminary sketches and 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 Blake’s own popular poems such as Mr Magnolia and All Join In.