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Birds, Beasts and Explorers

27 May 2023 – 1 October 2023

Quentin Blake: Birds, Beasts and Explorers ran from 27 May 2023 – 1 October 2023.

Showcasing over 70 original illustrations, this exhibition took inspiration from recurring themes in Blake’s work – birds, fantastical flying creatures and the joy of exploring in nature – as well as the flying creatures that call Compton Verney’s grounds home.

A whimsical illustration depicting monstrous creatures resembling hands and a dragon-like creature, carrying small human figures on their appendages.
Monster Readers. © Quentin Blake, 2007

About the

Sir Quentin Blake (b.1932) is one of the most celebrated illustrators and writers of children’s books working today. Over the course of a career spanning several decades, Blake has illustrated more than 500 books, bringing to life treasured literary characters in his unmistakeable style and inspiring generations.