Arthur Rackham: His Life & Work by Derek Hudson
Paperback – Dover Pubns – Sept 2022 – 182 pages
Arthur Rackham ranks among the preeminent figures from the golden age of British book illustration, an era that extended from the final decade of the nineteenth century to the end of World War I. Known as “the Beloved Enchanter,” Rackham created images that captivated both children and adults with their unusual mixture of whimsy, romance, and sophistication. This comprehensive profile, published 21 years after the artist’s death, remains one of the best sources of information on his oeuvre and personal history.
Arthur Rackham: His Life and Work contains hard-to-find concept sketches and developmental work, in addition to some of the artist’s earliest line illustrations and more than 30 color plates that span his entire career. Featured images include selections from such classics as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Rip Van Winkle, and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, as well as the works of William Shakespeare and a wealth of familiar and lesser-known fairy tales. The book contains a lengthy listing of Rackham’s works, providing a valuable resource for collectors and researchers seeking additional publications.