BFG Illustration

‘The BFG in Pictures’ Visits Canterbury Beaney

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is currently hosting a wonderful exhibition called ‘The BFG in Pictures’; 40 original illustrations by Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl’s book The BFG, courtesy of the House of Illustration gallery in London.

Included amongst the illustrations are Blake’s initial unused designs for the BFG before any consultations with Dahl, as well as the final artwork drawn for the book. Curated by Blake himself and containing pictures never exhibited before, it is an interesting insight into what the BFG might have been, and into the collaboration between the author and artist. It also features different versions of The BFG on other media, such as posters and postage stamps.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “This exhibition is sure to jog people’s memories of their childhood, as the BFG is such an iconic book. We’re very pleased to welcome it to the Beaney and expect it to be very popular with our visitors.”

Fun for all the family and free to enter, the exhibition will be in the Special Exhibitions Room at the Beaney until the 20th May, after which it will continue its tour. You can see more about the exhibition and the Beaney itself at their website here

Early BFG drawing
One of Blake’s early sketches of the BFG