A celebration of illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake at Lovelys Gallery in Cliftonville

Illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake.

There is still time to see an exhibition at Lovelys in Cliftonville which celebrates the much loved British illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake.

Sir Quentin, aged 90, has delighted and charmed both children and adults alike with his illustrations for more than 60 years. The exhibition features the complete collection of nine birthday limited edition collectors prints as well as limited edition prints of his iconic Roald Dahl characters and favourites such as Mrs Armitage and Mr Magnolia.

Sir Quentin was born in London in 1932 and has drawn for as long as he can remember. He attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, and then completed his National Service.  He then studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, before completing a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.

He has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art.

His most famous collaboration is with Roald Dahl, resulting in some of the most iconic and recognisable childhood literary characters. He has also had a career as an exhibition curator for places such as the National Gallery and the British Library.

More recently, Sir Quentin Blake received a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’ in the New Year’s Honours for 2013. He also became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015, and was appointed ‘Companion of Honour’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2022.

Lovelys is at 248 Northdown Road and open 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. The exhibition runs until March 4.


  1. Art ,good art ,at that,not funded by a public handout,and a non public funded gallery,Lovelys a fantastic shop/gallery

    • I regret to inform you that the QUENTIN BLAKE CENTRE FOR ILLUSTRATION (charity no. 1095210) received £85,459 from 15 government grants as declared in its most recent accounts…

      I guess this is bad art after all 🙁

  2. I can only hope that any illustrations of fat people, ugly people, and those with disproportionate body shapes and sizes have been removed in case they upset or offend somebody . . .

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