Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Some great illustrations by Arthur Rackham

The Grimms defined "Little Red Riding Hood", shown here in an illustration byArthur Rackham, as representative of a uniquely German tale although it existed in various versions and regions.

Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator.
Rackham was born in London as one of 12 children. In 1884, at the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve his fragile health, accompanied by two Aunts. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art.
In 1892 he left his job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life.
Here, two illustrations for Grimm´s fairy tales:

De la obra épica El anillo de los nibelungos:

From Alice in Wonderland:

From Comus by John Milton: 

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