24 June 2016

 

The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake and HOI Curator Olivia Ahmad, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.

The illustrations were included in initial layouts but were not used when the book was published in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children's literature. These unpublished illustrations are shown alongside some of the final illustrations for the book, together with other 'one-off' appearances which the BFG has made in print: from postage stamps to posters.

The exhibition is showing in the House of Illustration's South Gallery until 2 October.  For more details, tickets and opening times, visit www.houseofillustation.org.uk

A hardback limited-edition issue of 'The BFG', numbering just 5,000 copies, was published on 23 June and is available exclusively from Waterstones.  This beautiful new edition, with an explanatory Foreword by Quentin Blake, takes the reader back to see the BFG that might-have-been: all Quentin's initial illustrations for the book, in the form of full-page plates and chapter headers, are placed amongst Roald Dahl's text, as originally intended.