Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures

Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) by Arthur Rackham was released in December and kept slipping down my to do list for the blog here. This is a Dover reprint of a book originally published in 1913. The book is essentially a collection of Arthur Rackham's orphan works, ranging from fairy tale illustrations to magazine commissions. It is eclectic and fun since the range is wider than the usual collection of Rackham's works. This reprint includes Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's introduction.

The Frog Prince by Arthur Rackham
The Frog Prince

The collection has some of my favorite Rackham illustrations. Many of these have not appeared in previous Dover collections of Rackham's work.

Arthur Rackham's Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk

Once Upon a Time

Book description from Dover:

This wonderful survey of the famed artist's early work features 44 color plates in addition to several black-and-white vignettes and spot illustrations. Most of the images depict fantastic dwarfs, giants, elves, and fairies as well as naturalistic illustrations far removed from the fairy world. An elegant offering for all Rackham fans, this volume includes many long-unavailable pieces.

Santa Claus

There is one review on the Amazon page for this book but it is for another edition. This edition, while it uses the standard Dover sizing and image quality is different from that described in the review.

1 comment:

  1. Arthur Rackham's Fairy Tale Art is now available as playing cards: