April A-Z Blogging Theme: Picture This! Traditional Fairy Tale Illustrators. (You may not know it, but I am on a first-name basis with some of these fabulous artists!)
French-born Edmund Dulac arrived in London in 1904 just as improvements in the color separation process made it possible to print images that replicated the original artwork almost exactly. However, images had to be printed on coated paper which then had to be inserted by hand into the folios. After World War I, such costly gift books fell from fashion, so at the tender age of 35, Dulac’s profession became obsolete. He had “peaked” early. After that, he sustained himself meagerly by producing magazine illustrations, playing cards, postage stamps and banknotes for the young Queen Elizabeth II, and other graphics.
In 1915 during the Great war, Dulac published a “relief book” to raise funds for the Croix Rouge Francais. The Edmund Dulac Picture Book for the French Red Cross included his images above of the Persian lovers “Layla and Majnun” and “The Real Princess.”