Quentin Blake Book Covers on Show

Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

A new exhibition focuses on the book covers produced by the illustrator Quentin Blake who has worked on titles by Roald Dahl, Sylvia Plath, and Dr. Seuss.

Blake started illustrating books six decades ago, initially working on paperback fiction. He has said that: “Drawing book covers is one of the most difficult things”. Over his career he has written or illustrated more than 500 titles as well as covers for magazines.

Quentin Blake Book Covers, currently at The Baird Institute in Scotland’s East Ayrshire, brings together 60 examples stretching from the 1960s, through his illustrated covers for children’s books published by Jonathan Cape from the 1970s onwards, to the present and featuring mid-century Penguin paperbacks as well as finely-crafted special editions for The Folio Society. The exhibition includes first editions and reproductions of original artwork from Blake’s archive.

'Quentin Blake: Book Covers' is a touring exhibition from the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration in London.    

The exhibition runs at The Baird Institute, Cumnock until January 7, 2023, then moves to Aberdeen Art Gallery from July 8 – September 17, 2023.