19 March 2013

Sir Quentin Blake attended his investiture at Buckingham Palace today, to be knighted by HRH Prince Charles. Knighted 'for services to illustration', the Prince also thanked Sir Quentin for the work he had done for the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.

Speaking to journalists after the ceremony, Sir Quentin commented that illustration is not often honoured, saying 'in a way I feel I'm getting on behalf of a lot of other people as well.... It's good if we can recognise that [illustration] is something the English do well'.

When asked if any of his work in particular stood out for him, Sir Quentin cited his recent work 'outside of books', particularly that for hospitals.  A selection of this work is touring the UK in the exhibition 'Quentin Blake: As Large as Life' (currently on show at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax).

Read more comment in the media:

'Illustration is too rarely honoured' says newly knighted Sir Quentin Blake' by Oliver Duggan in The Independent

Video footage of Sir Quentin's investiture, showing on BBC News Entertainment 

'Sir Quentin Blake knighted after 64 years as an illustrator' in The Telegraph