Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Sir Quentin Blake's artwork goes on show at Mottisfont

The Ineffective dragon by Sir Quentin Blake Image copyright Sir Quentin Blake
Image caption Many of the illustrations in the exhibition have never been on public display before

Rarely-seen pictures created by illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, whose first work was published more than 60 years ago, have gone on display.

The exhibition at Mottisfont, near Romsey in Hampshire, features about 100 pieces of Blake's distinctive ink line and watercolour artwork.

The illustrator is best know for his work with Roald Dahl on books such as The Witches, Matilda and The BFG.

The artwork will be on show until 14 September.

The exhibition also includes a set of 21 drawings made by Sir Quentin for the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has never been publicly shown.

Image copyright Sir Quentin Blake
Image caption Sir Quentin received a knighthood in 2013 for his services to illustration

Louise Govier, curator of Mottisfont's gallery said: "His drawings of people lusting for chocolate are hilarious.

"He pokes fun at all sorts of things in modern life, but we find ourselves smiling even as we sometimes recognise ourselves."

Born in 1932, Sir Quentin's first drawings were published in magazine Punch when he was 16. His first children's book was John Yeoman's A Drink of Water in 1960.

He taught at the Royal College of Art for many years and received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year Honours for his services to illustration.

He recently opened The House of Illustration near London's King's Cross - a unique gallery dedicated to the art form.

The original drawings and watercolours in the show have all been lent to the National Trust by the Chris Beetles Gallery in London.

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