July 3 - September 30
House of Illustration has opened the first ever exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Cyrano de Bergerac’s science fiction classic, Voyages to the Moon and the Sun.
Cyrano de Bergerac’s tale of space travel was first published in Paris in 1657. The main character, also named Cyrano, travels to the Moon, is imprisoned on Earth and then escapes to the Sun where he is put on trial by its resident birds. It inspired many of fiction’s greatest fantasy adventures including Gulliver’s Travels.
Quentin Blake first illustrated the text for The Folio Society in 1991. He has revisited the book and added more illustrations for a new edition released this year. The exhibition displays a selection of Blake’s vivid drawings for both editions.