Arthur Rackham, 1867-1939

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Oberon and Titania from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Arthur Rackham hated new-fangled wristwatches, telephones and typewriters. He pined for Dürer  woodcuts and Uccello frescoes. However, there was one technological advancement he accepted: color printing. Millions could now appreciate his color-tinted ink fantasies–and they did!

In Dickensian fashion, fame was thrust upon him. By 1910, his Rip van Winkle, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens had reaped him awards and contracts. He continued his career with the Grimms, Shakespeare, Sleeping Beauty, and Hans Christian Andersen. Productive to the very end of his life, his Wind in the Willows was published posthumously in 1940.


L-R: “The Tree and the Axe;” Even Rackham’s trees have personality–usually menacing. “Jack and the Beanstalk;”his monsters are repulsive but not scary.   “Undine;”his women are sensual but innocent.


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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