• Image of Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds
  • Image of Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds
  • Image of Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds
  • Image of Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds

“I have been asked on one or two occasions why I liked to draw birds, and I say feebly that perhaps it’s because they have two legs like us, and I think that is probably true, though I think my real answer is: Why not?” - Sir Quentin Blake

This catalogue brings together a collection of illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake. The Life of Birds is typical of Blake’s illustrative style with his energetic lines breathing life into his characters with a single stroke. A tightrope walker, a visitor to the hairdresser or two friends contemplating life in silence by the edge of a lake – are they birds or are they us?

Full colour illustrations throughout from the exhibition The Life of Birds (previously at House of Illustration) plus foreword by Quentin Blake.