Quentin Blake

In the Theatre of the Imagination

Quentin Blake is one of the foremost illustrators of the twentieth century. Internationally cherished by all generations, he is best known for his collaboration with Roald Dahl.

Ghislaine Kenyon has known Quentin Blake since 1998. She has observed how Blake's take on life informs his memorable illustrations and how his art in turn has informed his life - a life which is fully lived in public and contained in private. Here, with exceptional insight into Blake's oeuvre, and accompanied by over two hundred of his remarkable illustrations and by photographs, Kenyon presents a different kind of life-writing, starting from a critical view of the artist's work.

Besides Blake's legendary collaboration with Roald Dahl, in this book we learn of his early work for publications such as Punch and The Spectator, and his illustrations for adult as well as children's books. But equally important are his lesser-known works for schools, hospitals, charities and individuals, many of them unpublished and seen here for the first time.

Then there is Quentin the man: the daily routine of his south London studio, his materials and working processes, his love of things that fly or are otherwise weightless, and his deep engagement with France and all things French.

Product details

Format: Hardback, 253 pages

Dimensions: 16.4 x 24 x 2.5cm

Publisher: Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-4411-3007-5


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