The Enchanting Literary Illustrations of Arthur Rackham

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Snow White

Snow White

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1907

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1907

Galahad, 1917

Galahad, 1917

Puck and a Fairy

Puck and a Fairy

Queen Guenevere

Queen Guenevere Rides to Her Husband

Illustration for Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill, 1906

Illustration for Rudyard Kipling’s Puck of Pook’s Hill, 1906

The Hare and the Tortoise, 1912

The Hare and the Tortoise, 1912

THE MAN HIMSELF:

A Transpontine Cockney, 1934

His self-portrait: A Transpontine Cockney, 1934

“Like the sundial, my paint box counts no hours but sunny ones.”-Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

All images are in the Public Domain.

10 thoughts on “The Enchanting Literary Illustrations of Arthur Rackham

  1. Arthur Rackham is simply unique.He gave those tales their inherent seriousness and elegance,a far cry from their present status which sees them being transformed into cartoons!

    I’m buying a Folio Society edition of the Grimm Fairy Tales featuring the drawings of Rackham,and your post tells me that I am making the right choice.
    His works for Peter Pan are also mesmerizing.I haven’t seen better drawings for this book – as for everything he’s worked for – so far!

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    • Fairy Tales were also taken much more seriously as literature then than now. Rackham’s illustrations certainly did the stories justice.

      Enjoy your Grimm Fairy Tales book. It sounds absolutely delicious!

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  2. LOVE! You single-handedly whisked me back to my childhood library. I had one book with Arthur Rackham illustrations. I have GOT to find that! have a much bigger appreciation now that I’m all “grown up.”

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