This January, we are very excited to be hosting The BFG in Pictures, a touring exhibition from House of Illustration, curated by Quentin Blake.

The much-loved story of orphan Sophie and her giant friend has touched hearts across the world. A story of dream-catching and friendship, the work has won international acclaim and has remained in print ever since its publication in 1982. Whilst Dahl’s story would not be complete without the iconic illustrations of Quentin Blake, the first set of illustrations completed by Blake were (unusually) rejected by Dahl. This exhibition contains 40 reproductions of Blake’s illustrations and will include both the artist’s initial drawings and the final drawings which were used in the book. Exhibiting the work in this way not only highlights the close collaboration between Blake and Dahl, but also demonstrates the development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.

The reproduced illustrations included in this exhibition have been carefully selected by Quentin Blake and, when reflecting on the images chosen, the artist emphasises his desire to portray different versions of the BFG. It is hoped this exhibition will provide a glimpse of a BFG that could have been.

This free exhibition will be on display from Friday 7 – Thursday 27 January 2022 at St Albans Cathedral. Booking is not required.

Opening times: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. 1pm until 5.30pm on Sunday.

About House of Illustration:

House of Illustration, soon to evolve into the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, is the UK’s centre for this varied and vital art form. We celebrate illustration in all its forms, support the illustration community and empower people of all ages to tell their stories through images. While we’re between buildings, we’re connecting people with illustration with our touring exhibitions, residencies, online events and collaborations with schools and communities.

This exhibition is kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.