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Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham, Fairies Away! We Shall Chide...
Fairies Away! We Shall Chide...

Illustrator and watercolourist, born in Lewisham, England, and educated at the City of London School, studying art at Lambeth School where he was influenced by his fellow student Charles Ricketts. Rackham joined the staff of The Westminster Budget, and from that time forward concentrated on the illustration of books, particularly those of a mystical, magic or legendary nature. He very soon established himself as one of the foremost Edwardian illustrators.
 
The introduction of full-colour printing in the early 1900’s enabled him to use subtle tints and muted tones to represent age and timelessness. Rackham's imaginative eye saw all forms with the eyes of childhood and created a world that was half reassuring and half frightening. His sources were primarily Victorian, and among them are evidently the works of Cruikshank, Doyle, Houghton and Beardsley. But he was also deeply influenced by the much earlier prints of Dürer and Altdorfer. He was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1902, and after 1922 he undertook oil painting and some stage designing. He was a member of the Langham Sketch Club and exhibited widely at home and abroad. Rackham died on September 6, 1939.

 

Arthur Rackham, Elves

Elves
 

Arthur Rackham, Goblin Thieves

Goblin Thieves
 

Arthur Rackham, Mother Goose

Mother Goose
 

Arthur Rackham, Jack Frost

Jack Frost
 

Arthur Rackham, These Trick Fairies sometimes change the board on Ball night

These Trick Fairies...
 

Arthur Rackham, Fairies never say

Fairies Never Say "We feel Happy..."
 

Arthur Rackham, And a Fairy song

And a Fairy Song
 

Arthur Rackham, Fairies are exquisite dancers

Fairies Are Exquisite Dancers
 

Arthur Rackham, The Serpentine is a lovely lake.

The Serpentine is a Lovely Lake
 

Arthur Rackham, Santa Claus

Santa Claus
 

Arthur Rackham, To make my small Elves’ coats

To make my small Elves’ coats
 

Arthur Rackham, When they think that you are not looking.....

When they think that you are not looking...
 

Arthur Rackham, Seekers after treasure

Seekers after treasure
 

Arthur Rackham, There is almost nothing...

There is almost nothing...
 

Arthur Rackham, The Little People weave their summer curtains...

The Little People weave their summer curtains...
 

Arthur Rackham, The Little People’s Market

The Little People’s Market
 

Arthur Rackham, When he heard Peter’s voice...

When he heard Peter’s voice...
 

Arthur Rackham, The Fairies have their tiffs with the birds

The Fairies have their tiffs with the birds
 

Arthur Rackham, Enter Peasblossum, Cobweb, Moth

Enter Peasblossum, Cobweb, Moth
 

Arthur Rackham, Tatania lying asleep

Tatania lying asleep
 

Arthur Rackham, She never had so sweet a changeling

She never had so sweet a changeling
 

Arthur Rackham, They maintained the gravest faces

They maintained the gravest faces
 



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