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Quentin Blake
Dates: British, born 1932
Biographical Account:

Quentin Blake is a popular book illustrator and children’s author who is perhaps most famous for his illustrations in the books by Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake’s career in illustration began in 1946 when his drawings appeared in Punch. He attended Cambridge University where he studied English and later went to Chelsea College of Art.  


Alongside his career in books, Quentin Blake also taught illustration and was head of the Illustration Department at the Royal College of Art between 1978 and 1986. Throughout his career he has won many prices and in 1999 became the first ‘Children’s Laureate’ a position intended to promote children’s literature. He is now a Patron of the Campaign for Drawing, an exhibition curator and actively supports drawing related projects.

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