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Drawing - Illustration for the BBC Jackanory edition of Jennings
  • Illustration for the BBC Jackanory edition of Jennings
    Blake, Quentin
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Illustration for the BBC Jackanory edition of Jennings

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blake, Quentin (draftsman)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and grey watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Buckeridge

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 105

This drawing in pen, ink and grey watercolour is one of a series of five that Quentin Blake made to accompany the book “Thanks to Jennings” that was narrated by Ronnie Corbett on Jackanory in 1969. The illustration is of a large scale as it was made to be shown on television. In this illustration a schoolboy is shown standing before a seated man with a briefcase. Although currently unidentified, this figure also appears in E.500-2007 and E.498-2007, and is presumably another teacher with a significant role in the book.

“Thanks to Jennings” comes from a series of 25 Jennings books which Anthony Buckeridge (1912-2004) wrote between 1950 and 1994. These humorous children’s books were set in a boy’s boarding school during the years after World War Two. The humour of the books draws on the combination of this setting with the misunderstandings resulting in the actions of by the impulsive Jennings his more cautious best friend, Darbyshire. While illustrating a moment from “Thanks to Jennings” this work effectively creates a sense of the interaction between the different personalities of a cheeky schoolboy, who is shown grinning at his superior, and the mature gentleman with a briefcase who over his glasses at his young companion, his lips pursed.

Physical description

A boy at the left with a man sitting on a couch on the right, with a book on his lap.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1969 (made)


Blake, Quentin (draftsman)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and grey watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'7' in pencil in bottom left corner


Height: 37.5 cm, Width: 53.8 cm

Object history note

This is one of five illustrations that Quentin Blake made for the BBC broadcast of "Thanks to Jennings". The book was read in five episodes, broadcast nightly in one week, by Ronnie Corbet. Each of the illustrations was intended to accompany one of these episodes.

Descriptive line

Illustration for the BBC Jackanory edition of Jennings, Quentin Blake, England, 1969

Subjects depicted

Boy; Man


Children & Childhood; Books; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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