Auctions | December 6, 2022

Birthday Auction in Support of the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration


Sir Quentin Blake, Parent and Child No.3 (unframed) (2022)

Join Bonhams in celebrating the 90th birthday of the beloved illustrator and children's author Sir Quentin Blake this December. This very special sale will comprise of 140 drawings – nearly all of which have been drawn especially by Quentin for this sale – with all proceeds going to the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. The proceeds raised in this sale will help in the restoration of a fascinating but forgotten 18th- and 19th-century heritage site, New River Head in Clerkenwell, London, to create the permanent national centre for illustration.

The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will offer a dynamic, distinctive programme of exhibitions, and will also provide a home for the 40,000-work archive of the UK's best-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake. This online-only sale will end on the day of Quentin's 90th Birthday – 16th December – and we are delighted to be helping to celebrate his birthday while raising money for a very important cause. A selection of highlights will be available to view at our New Bond Street galleries while bidding is live, at the times detailed below.

The sale also includes a one-off opportunity to win a unique artwork by Quentin Blake. Lot 140, titled A Chance Encounter, can be won by entering the prize draw held by the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration which you can enter by following this link.

Ending from 16 December 2022, 12:00 GMT