Arthur Rackham's (1867-1939) haunting and dreamlike style has added to the enchantment and fantasy of the children's literature and his imitators are many.
Arthur Rackham began his career as a prolific English illustrator at the end of the 19th century. He was one of 12 children. At 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying at the Lambeth School of Art, where he studied for seven years. In 1892 he quit his clerk job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustration was published in 1893.
Arthur Rackham married Edyth Starkie in 1903. They had one child, a daughter, Barbara, in 1908. Rackham drew and painted many images of Barbara.
Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1908. He also won a gold medal at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906 and another one at the Barcelona International Exposition in 1911. His works appeared in numerous exhibitions, including one at the Louvre in Paris in 1914.
He studied drawing at evening classes at Lambeth School of Art (1884) for 7 years, at the same time that he was working full-time in insurance. He bagan as an illustrator of children's books, using the then new half-tone process. He first became known for his illustration to Grimm's Fairy Tales. In 1905, He made his American debut with his illustrations to Rip van Winkle and in 1906, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was published. His final book was The Wind In the Willows was published in 1940, a year after his death at home in Limpsfield, Surrey in 1939.
These collections include illustrations of Arthur Rackham, from Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twilight of the Gods, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Undine, Wind and the Willows, Gulliver's Travels, King of the Golden River and others.
I have added many new Rackham images. Some people had trouble downloading this page because of its length, so I have moved the Alice, Gulliver, Peter Pan, and Ring sections to their own pages. So if images that were here from your last visit no longer appear on this page, they have probably been moved to their own page. There will be a link in the appropriate section. Please stay calm. :)
Art Passions began a tribute to artists whose work I grew up, and whose work has meaning for me personally. The list of artists on artpassions.net, including recent additions to the site, as well as other information are available on the home page.
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Separate page will all illustrations to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, some history and some interesting fairy marginalia.Rackham - Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
Separate page. Online book also.Rackham - Gulliver's Travels<
Yes, all of them.
Yes, all of them.
Not all of the images here are suitable for prints but some of the more popular ones are available at Artsy Craftsy. Your purchases there help keep Art Passions going, and help support my antique fairy tale book habit. My Rackham prints are larger-format and printed on cotton rag fine art paper, with archival inks. There are some Rackham prints that are not available elsewhere.
The Scriptorium offers art fonts and traditional fonts based on Rackham's work. The title image of this page shows one of his fonts. They also offer Rackham images for desktop publishing. Not fine art quality, but I was very happy with my test purchase there.
You can download a free demo version of Scriptorium's Rackham Italic in Zip format or Stuffit for MacOS. Installation instructions are included. Or try a demo version of the Rackham Goblins font: Zip format or Stuffit for MacOS.
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