Shapero Rare Books present Anthology of Readers, an exhibition of new works by Sir Quentin Blake. Comprised of 60 pen, ink and watercolour drawings, all the works affectionately caricature people who love books.
Famous for his work with Roald Dahl — he provided the illustrations for The Incredible Mr Fox, Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and Chocolate Factory, amongst others — Anthology of Readers follows a highly acclaimed presentation of Blake’s work at Hastings Contemporary in the summer.
Prints of four of the original artworks, each in a limited edition of 25, will also be available, and to mark the exhibition, Shapero have produced a fully illustrated book featuring an introduction by the historian Simon Sharma. Limited to 100 copies, it will also include a print signed by the artist himself.
Says Bernard Shapero: “We are honoured to be showing these shrewdly observed works by Quentin Blake, indisputably Britain’s greatest living illustrator. His effortless ability to caricature social groups with wit and vivacity is justly celebrated, and that is writ large over these wonderfully observed drawings and watercolours of book lovers.”
Anthology of Readers runs at Shapero Rare Books from 29 November – 21 December
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