H. J. Ford, 1860-1941


Ford, Queen of SnakesHenry Justice Ford is the beloved illustrator of Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books, from Blue (1889) to Lilac (1910)—1200 pictures, 437 stories! His line drawings and occasional water colors also fill Arabian Nights Entertainment (1895) and Pilgrim’s Progress (1921). Ford is especially acclaimed for his fantastical creatures: giants, ogres and monsters. As one contemporary artist has said, “Now, that’s a witch!”

At the age of 61, he married a young widow, and spent another three decades in good health, rubbing elbows with P. G. Wodehouse and Arthur Conan Doyle and playing cricket with J. M. Barrie.

Really? Cricket? at 80?

About mary grace ketner

My lawyer tells me I should not put the words "Fairy Tale Lobbyist" on my business cards but rather "Representative" and "National Fairy Tale Association." But I'm not, and there isn't one. Even so, I don't think I'm going it alone.

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