Quentin Blake: Book Covers
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
10 February to 11 May 2024
29 June to 8 September 2024
“Drawing book covers is one of the most difficult things.” Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake’s career illustrating books began over 60 years ago with his covers for paperback fiction. Since then he has created hundreds of designs for everything from literary classics to his own picture books.
Each cover is a new challenge. Blake has to capture the essence of a story without giving away too much of the plot. His illustrations need to be carefully balanced with the title and appealing to the changing tastes of different readers.
This exhibition features 60 of Blake’s book covers from the 1960s to the present: from mid-century Penguin paperbacks to finely-crafted special editions. First editions are shown alongside reproductions of original artwork from Blake’s archive that show how he combines typography, dynamic layouts and his unique way of drawing to create playful designs.