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Quentin Blake’s NHS Rainbow Drawings Up for Auction

Sir Quentin Blake, one of the nation’s favourite illustrators, has created a series of rainbow drawings celebrating our wonderful NHS – and now, after loving the free postcards, you can finally buy the original works. 

Lead image: Sir Quentin Blake, On Plates (Executed in 2020) 

Quentin Blake Draws the Rainbow is a special online auction in aid of NHS Charities Together, featuring 10 exclusive new works created by Blake during the lockdown period.

The famous illustrator, best known for illustrating works by brilliant authors such as Roald Dahl, was inspired by the rainbows he has seen in people’s windows.

‘Sir Quentin Blake is a national treasure and his work is beloved by young and old alike,’ says Bonhams specialist in Modern British and Irish Art, Janet Hardie.

‘Here he takes what has become a symbol of national hope and unity in this difficult time, the rainbow, and put his own signature twist on it.

‘The characters in these drawings not only delight in the rainbow itself, but also in simple everyday pleasures: walking on a breezy day, the affection of a dog, the view from a roof, a treat on the table, or simply a cosy place to read.’

Sir Quentin Blake comments: ‘It seems like a time when a few straightforward jokes might not come amiss; so that as I know that people have been putting rainbows into their windows to express solidarity, I took the liberty of borrowing them.

‘Sir Quentin Blake takes what has become a symbol of national hope and unity in this difficult time, the rainbow, and put his own signature twist on it’

‘You will see that I have supposed that they are real and portable, and I hope they are optimistic too.’

Blake who has collaborated with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen and John Yeoman, as well as Dahl, has received numerous awards and honours, including a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’ in 2013.

The drawings are estimated to go for between £800 and £1,800, and Bonhams is waiving all charges so that 100% of proceeds go to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Urgent Appeal to support the health and wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers.

The auction runs from 14 May to 3 June 2020 at bonhams.com



 

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