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Arthur Rackham illustrated books

Arthur Rackham's originality and much loved Golden Age illustrated books and first editions define him as one of the most influential sought after British book illustrators.

His pen and ink drawings and use of watercolour work perfectly with their fairy story and fantasy subjects to convey the spirit as well as marvels and allurements of each story.  Over each drawing, he would painstakingly work layer after layer of transparent watercolour glaze, a technique associated more with classical painting than modern illustration. His angular and highly detailed works are inspired by the early 16th-century German artists Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer and his contemporaries Aubrey Beardsley, George Cruikshank, Randolph Caldecott.

By the early 1900s, he and his Edwardian contemporaries utilised the new colour printing techniques 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.


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