Published on February 26, 2013 | by Chloe Cross


UAL graduate Quentin Blake now Sir Quentin

View of the outside of Buckingham Palace

Quentin Blake was awarded his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. [Flickr: shining.darkness]

Book illustrator and Chelsea College of Art and Design alumnus Quentin Blake has been knighted.

His knighthood recognises his involvement in the House of Illustration and celebrates his dedication to brightening up the lives of hospital patients by creating specially commissioned art.

The House of Illustration is the world’s first organisation dedicated to the art of drawing with a permanent museum and gallery, which Blake has pledged his entire archive to.

During the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where the knighthood was conferred by the Prince of Wales, Blake joked that it was a step down from his position in some countries, The Telegraph reported.

Blake has illustrated over 300 children and classic adult books but is most famous for his work on Roald Dahl’s novels such as Matilda and The Twits.

His illustrations were first published when he was 16 years old in the magazine Punch.

“There was a broadcast on French radio that referred to me as Lord Quentin all the way through.” Quentin Blake

Blake later went on to take life-drawing classes at Chelsea College of Art and Design, around the time he started to draw for children’s books.

Blake has received a host of previous awards including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration in 2002 and a CBE in 2005.

Blake said: “It’s a huge surprise in one way and in another I’ve got used to it.

“I’m published a lot in France and Europe generally and a lot of them assume that I am one [a knight]. In fact there was a broadcast on French radio that referred to me as Lord Quentin all the way through,” The Guardian reported.



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