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Aberdeen host to Dahl illustrator
The BFG, from the Roald Dahl novel of the same name
Blake is best known for his illustrations in Roald Dahl novels
The work of world-famous illustrator Quentin Blake has gone on show at a Scottish art gallery.

The exhibition, Quentin Blake - Fifty Years of Illustration, opened at the Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday and runs until the middle of September.

Best known for his work with children's author Roald Dahl the exhibit is part of a series of special events organised to complement the exhibition.

Mr Blake will visit the show on 15 and 16 July to give a talk and meet fans.

Dahl favourite

The exhibition spans the artist's 50-year career from his early drawings for Punch and Spectator magazines to his work with Dahl and other writers.

Among his best-known work are his illustrations for Dahl favourites Matilda and The BFG.

The show features some of Mr Blake's rough designs, preliminary drawings and finished originals as well as some of his final publications.

He has also drawn a special self-portrait, complete with tartan scarf, for the gallery show.

The exhibition was first shown at Somerset House in London at the end of 2003.

Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake will visit Aberdeen Art Gallery in July

There were no plans to tour it but Aberdeen Art Gallery approached The Quentin Blake Gallery of Illustration and asked if it could be brought to the city.

The venue's cultural services promotions officer Deirdre Grant said: "We are absolutely delighted to be bringing this fabulous exhibition to Aberdeen.

"We are also pleased to be able to offer the exciting programme of special events to complement the show and we're thrilled Quentin Blake has agreed to visit the city in July, giving fans of all ages the opportunity to meet him and hear about his work."

Among the special events planned are drawing workshops, storytelling sessions, a talk by Mr Blake on his life's work on 15 July and a chance for fans to meet the illustrator on 16 July.

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