Jessie Marion King, 1875-1949

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April A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme: Picture This! Classic Fairy Tale Illustrators.

King A few Bubbles

Oscar Wilde said his second book of fairy tales, A House of Pomegranates (1891), was “intended neither for the British child nor the British public,” which was perfectly true! Enigmatic and interior, the tales were reprinted in 1915 brightened, perhaps unfairly, by “the illustrator of dreams,” Jessie Marion King.

King was a member of Charles Rennie MacIntosh’s “Glasgow School” (Art Nouveau with a Gaelic accent) and the most important Scottish illustrator of the twentieth century. Besides book design and illustration, she created both fine and applied art and illustrated many books for children, though Wilde’s were her only fairy tales.

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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.

4 responses

  1. Thanx Mary Grace. Those classic illustrations help make the story enchanting.

  2. Thanks, Gail!
    It has been a delight to discover and share more about each of them–both more images and more about their life!

  3. Mary Grace,
    I love reading you A-Z illustrators and look forward to each day’s post. Thank you.