British Library to celebrate Roald Dahl birth with new exhibition

Niall Flynn /
Dec 1, 2016 / Opinion

From Friday 2nd December, the British Library will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth with a series of portraits from his long-time collaborator Sir Quentin Blake.

It’s a fun premise, imagining that some of Dahl’s most beloved fictional characters – including Charlie Bucket, Matilda and the BFG – have been invited to sit for their portrait.

Speaking on the exhibition, Sir Quentin said: “The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits ask you to imagine that a number of Dahl’s characters have been invited to come and sit for their portrait; they are depicted, not quite as they appear in the illustrations, but more formally.

The perceptive spectator may notice that one celebrated couple declined to appear together, and another formidable personality obviously disapproved of the whole venture. Nevertheless, I hope visitors to the British Library will be happy to see this group of well-known characters treated as though they were real people – which, of course, to many of us they are.”

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Words by Niall Flynn

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