Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: Fifty Years of Children's Books
At: The National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW
4 May 2019 - 7 July 2019
Quentin Blake has created more books with John Yeoman than with any other author, including Roald Dahl. Friends since their schooldays, their first book together was a collection of stories based on folktales from around the world, and titled 'A Drink of Water and Other Stories'. It was published by Faber & Faber in 1960 - and has been followed by more than 25 other titles, including: 'The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers' (1961 & 1976 - when the characters were re-drawn wearing long trousers); 'The Bear's Winter House' (1969); 'The Young Performing Horse' (1977); 'The Hermit and the Bear' (1984), 'Featherbrains' (1993) and 'The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus' (2013 - based on a set of drawings Quentin produced for a London hospital.)
The exhibition features over 100 artworks from twelve of their collaborations, written for audiences ranging in age from the very young (such as the counting book, Sixes and Sevens) to folktales for older readers (Amazing Animal Stories).
The touring exhibition was created by House of Illustraion, where it first appeared in 2017, and curated by Quentin Blake.