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Quentin Blake backs House of Illustration fundraising bid

23rd November 2010

The illustrator of some of the UK's best-loved children's books has inspired artists to raise funds for a centre dedicated to illustration.

On December 16th, Sotheby's will put a number of original works from artists such as Eric Carle, Gerald Scarfe, Ronald Searle and Raymond Briggs under the hammer, with the proceeds going towards the House of Illustration project that was founded by Quentin Blake.

Speaking to the BBC, Blake said that the 28 drawings on sale show the 'terrific diversity of style' that is found in the artwork of children's books.

'We want the House of Illustration to demonstrate the diversity of it and you can see some of that here,' he added.

The House of Illustration was conceived by Blake in 2002 when he decided to give the art form 'the attention it deserves'. He also hopes that the project will inspire more young people to start illustrating.

Other works included in the Sotheby's auction, but not contributing to the fundraising campaign, include a first edition of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an early watercolour by Beatrix Potter.
 

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