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