The BFG in Pictures

An exhibition of previously unseen Quentin Blake illustrations for Roald Dahl’s The BFG – on tour all over the UK.

When, Where

The BFG in Pictures features 40 reproductions for Roald Dahl’s much-loved story The BFG including illustrations not used when the book was first published in 1982. First exhibited at House of Illustration in 2016, The BFG in Pictures will visit numerous sites across the UK.

The exhibition charts the development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature and offers a glimpse of a BFG that might have been. These are exhibited alongside reproductions of the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator.

Quentin Blake says: “Roald Dahl and I were brought together by our publisher in the 1970s. Roald was an extraordinarily interesting person and a man of action, which is why he was so good at telling stories. He liked to tell stories about things happening, rather than about what people are (were?) thinking or feeling, which was wonderful for me to draw. Roald’s The BFG was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1982 in a hardback edition for which I did black-and-white illustrations and a design in colour for the cover. Since then the BFG and Sophie have appeared in a variety of books and situations. For this exhibition I have selected images from different versions of the BFG, starting with my first illustrations which remained unpublished for thirty years.

Where to see it:

Babylon Gallery, Ely: 23 November – 23 December 2021

St Alban's Cathedral: 29 December 2021 – 31 January 2022

Mossley Mill, Co Antrim: 3 – 27 February 2022

Gala Gallery, Durham: 16 April – 25 June 2022

Grosvenor Museum, Chester: 11 July – 4 October 2022

Knole House, Sevenoaks: 13 October – 23 December 2022

North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin: 14 January – 11 March 2023

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery: 24 June – 3 September 2023