Monday, November 26, 2007

The Wild Ones

The Guardian has an interesting review by the eminent writer AS Byatt on a new illustration exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Called The Age of Enchantment, the show features works made between 1890 and 1930 (the golden age of the illustrated book), by such luminaries of illustration as Rackham, Dulac, Nielsen, and Ricketts, plus the effect of the Ballets Russes on book design, and fairy pottery from Wedgwood. Read the review here. It was the work of these classic illustrators that inspired me as a child to become an illustrator. Shown here is one of Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Christina Rossetti's darkly disturbing poem Goblin Market.
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