Kirkby Gallery is delighted to announce its first exhibition of 2022, Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse, as part of Knowsley’s Borough of Culture year. It is also marks the debut of the show, as Kirkby Gallery is also the first venue to host the exhibition on its national tour.
The UK’s best-loved illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake (b. 1932), has been illustrating books for over 60 years. Some of his most famous collaborations with authors have been on poetry, from illustrating the hilarious verses of Michael Rosen to the gruesome rhymes of Roald Dahl.
For the first time, House of Illustration has brought together a selection of Blake’s illustrations for verse, from comic nonsense poems to poignant ballads. Quentin Blake, Illustrating Verse will include preliminary sketches and final illustrations for both modern and classical writers, from Shakespeare, Lear and Carroll, to Rosen and Dahl, as well as illustrations for Blake’s own popular works such as Mr Magnolia and All Join In.
In line with current Government guidelines for galleries, all visitors must wear a face covering unless exempt. We would ask that you make use of the hand sanitiser on entry, and respect the personal space of other visitors.
If you feel unwell in any way, please do not attend.