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In 2002 the House of Illustrations was set up to provide a home of the art of illustration. It was founded by two leading author-illustrators for children's books: Emma Chichester Clark and Quentin Blake.

Blake donated his archive of over four thousand original drawings and two hundred and fifty illustrated books to the project, which were shown in his fiftieth anniversary exhibition in 2004. At that time, the House of Illustrations did not have a home of its own, so the art was displayed at Somerset House.

Ten years down the line, the House of Illustration has finally found a permanent residence on Granary Square in King's Cross, and is celebrating its inauguration with another Quentin Blake exhibition called Inside Stories. Running until the 2nd November, it provides insight into some of Blake's most popular creations, including his world famous illustrations for Roald Dahl's books, The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams, and his own story, Clown.

As well as finished pieces, you will be able to see first rough drafts and storyboards, many of which have never been seen before. Discover how his ideas evolved, how he collaborated with other authors, and the different mediums he used, from his most familiar inks to watercolour and pastels.

Tickets to the exhibition are 7.70 for adults, 5.50 concessions, and 4 children.
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Why? Fun for families
When: Until 2nd Nov
Phone: 020 3696 2020
Where: House of Illustration
Cost: 7.70 adult, 5.50 concession, 4 child
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