Exhibition: Quentin Blake’s friends: Matilda, Mr. Stink and the Minpins
6 October 2018 through 3 March 2019


From 6 October 2018 through 3 March 2019 the House of the Book will present a major exhibition about Quentin Blake, the illustrator of The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The exhibition at the House of the Book | Museum Meermanno will provide the visitor with an overview of the complete oeuvre of the world-famous illustrator Quentin Blake who achieved great fame as a result of his collaboration with Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake (born 16 December 1932) made his debut at the age of 16 in the English satirical illustrated magazine Punch. He began illustrating (children’s) books in 1960, working closely with numerous authors. He has also written books himself. In this exhibition Blake offers the visitor an insight into his thought process: he explains step by step how he uses a text as the basis for an illustration. In addition to many original drawings, the exhibition also includes photographs, illustrations, miniatures and typesetting.

Roald Dahl

The collaboration with Roald Dahl began with the illustrations for The Enormous Crocodile in 1978.  The two

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worked together until Dahl’s death in 1990.  In the intervening years, Blake illustrated, among other books, Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe Witches and The BFG. These books have enchanted children all over the world.  According to Dahl, it was Blake’s drawings that made the books such a huge success.  He said, ‘It is Quent’s pictures rather than my own descriptions that have brought to life such characters as the BFG, Miss Trunchbull, Mr. Twit and the Grand High Witch.’

Hands-on activities at and outside the museum

In addition to many hands-on and creative activities in the exhibition, the museum is also organizing a number of workshops and lectures. There will be small Quentin Blake-exhibitons at various libraries throughout the Netherlands to coincide with the exhibition in House of the book | Museum Meermanno.