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100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake

An unprecedented insight into Quentin Blake's private practice as a figurative artist

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Londonist ~ "It shows a superb side to Blake that we had no idea existed."

Portrayal of the body and gesture is the foundation of Quentin Blake's genius as an illustrator. His lifelong, private practice as a figurative artist has run alongside his world-famous work but has, until now, remained hidden.

The exhibition features large-scale pieces created between 1950-2000, never seen before. This remarkable body of work reveals Blake's experimentation with materials, a more sculptural treatment of form and sensuous use of broad strokes.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page book published by Tate in association with House of Illustration. It is available to buy from our independent bookshop or online.

When in 1957 I came to the end of my university studies, I would take the train to London once or twice a week to attend a life-drawing class at Chelsea School of Art… when I got home, I would find myself drawing invented figures in invented surroundings. There were two significant results of this experience. One was that I seem to have been able to illustrate figures in any position without reference ever since. The second direction was into oil painting… it has been important and valuable to me to have that too as part of my experience of art.Quentin Blake

Important to know:

- One ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day. Buy exhibition tickets below.
- This exhibition begins in the Quentin Blake Gallery and continues in our Main Gallery.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£8.25 £8.25
Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
Over 65 ticket with gift aid£7.15 £7.15
Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
Adult ticket£7.50 £7.50
Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
Over 65 ticket£6.50 £6.50
Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
Family ticket£18.00 £18.00

Ticket information:

Your ticket covers admission to ALL exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Check our What's On page for details of current exhibitions and the Visit Us page for opening hours.

Concessions: student, job seeker, disabled (any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge)
Child: aged 5-18, under 5s go free
Family: up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18
Groups: groups of 10 people or more get a 10% discount when paying at our front desk
National Art Pass: 50% off when you present your card at our front desk
Friends: unlimited free entry

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