Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 107th Birthday at Compton Verney
Roald Dahl was born on 13 September, 1916 in Cardiff. Best known for his children’s books that include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970), The BFG (1989) and many more, he inspired a generation with his stories.
Arguably, it is the iconic illustrations by Quentin Blake that come to mind when people think of these stories. Blake’s colourful, charismatic and nostalgic art brought Roald’s tales to life, imbuing the terrifying villains of Miss Trunchbull and The Witches with life on the page as well as the lovable characters in James and the Giant Peach and Esio Trot.
You can celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday at Compton Verney by not only visiting a medieval oil on panel painting in our Northern European Gallery that was owned by Roald Dahl but, also by exploring the Quentin Blake exhibition before it closes on 1 October!
Showcasing over 70 original illustrations, Quentin Blake: Birds, Beasts and Explorers exhibition takes 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.