Category Archives: Illustrations

Fantasy That – It’s Hansson’s Magician’s Hat

Jan Ternald’s cover art for Bo Hansson’s album “Magician’s Hat”. Swedish musician Bo Hansson was born on 10 April 1943. He was best known for his four instrumental albums released in the 1970s. Hansson spent his early life in a … Continue reading

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This bird in hand is no burden had- Long Live the King!

Charles Bird King – Nesouaquoit (Trans. “Bear in the Fork of a Tree”) A Fox Chief – 1837 (90.2 x7 4.9cm). Charles Bird King (1785–1862) was an American portrait artist, best known for his portrayals of significant Native American leaders … Continue reading

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This is Wyeth I Paint My Life

Andrew Wyeth – Equinox (Tempera on board, 1977, 876×81.3cm New York). Visual artist and realist painter (in the regionalist style) Andrew Newell Wyeth was born on July 12, 1917. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.” Andrew was the youngest … Continue reading

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‘All n ‘All – It’s Just Another Shot into Space

Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka was born November 26, 1936. He is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 1980s. He has received several awards, platinum and gold albums, several magazine articles, interviews and has been … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Boy

Frederic Remington – “Fall of the Boy“, 1895 (oil on canvas),  Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, Frederic Sackrider Remington  was born in Canton, New York, on 4 October 4, 1861. He specialised in … Continue reading

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Leighton’s Place in Art is Sealed with a Kiss

The above painting is of “Alain Chartier sharing a famous kiss bestowed by Margaret of Scotland“.  (Chartier, a French poet and political writer, was born c. 1385 in Bayeux, France, and died c.1430 and 1446). About the artist: Edmund Blair Leighton (born … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #14: Cagey Keiji’s Poorman’s Voormann

Revolver was released in the UK 50 years ago on 5th August 1966. It was released 3 days later in the US. Revolver is considered to be The Beatles psychedelic rock album, it lives up to this title with its … Continue reading

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Partake in a Stake of the Great William Blake

English painter, poet and print-maker, William Blake (b. 28 November 1757 – d. 12 August 1827) was largely unrecognised during his lifetime. He was born in Soho, London, the third of seven children; and left school at the age of … Continue reading

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Cheezels are more than a Mynah Attraction

Don’t get me wrong! Not for one moment am I saying that Peter Trusler’s art is rubbish, but I love the use of rubbish within Peter Trusler’s art! Especially the inclusion of a discarded, empty Cheezels bag. (Def: highly cheesy … Continue reading

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Are a Pair of Hearts on a Tree Equal to This Heart of Stone?

Above: “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder“. English historical genre painter and illustrator, Marcus Stone was born on 4th July, 1840, and according to the ‘Dictionary of Victorian Painters‘, he was trained by his father, Frank Stone ARA. Marcus began … Continue reading

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Old Dogs … New Tricks

Ker-Xavier Roussel is the illustarator for “Teaching the Dog” from the colour lithograph L’Estapie Originale (1893) . Ker-Xavier Roussel was born in Lorry-lès-Metz, Moselle on December 10, 1867.  At the age of fifteen he began studies at the Lycée Condorcet … Continue reading

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It would take a hard man to beat Herdman’s Liverpool

Above: Earliest known view of Liverpool – probable date of this view is late 12th century though there is some doubt as to its authenticity. The drawing depicts the chapel of Our Lady standing on the exact site now occupied by … Continue reading

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It was somewhere up the country, in a land of rock and scrub

The Geebung Polo Club is a classic “Aussie yarn” by Andrew Barton (A.B.) “Banjo” Patterson. Examples here are from the illustrated edition by wildlife carer and artist Ninon Phillips. The Geebung Polo Club is an 1886 bush ballad first published … Continue reading

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Adelaide Mallunnee’s Dark Art of Cover Art

Cover artist Adelaide Mallunee has designed music album covers for a variety of neo-folk and neo-classical dark art music groups such as Anima in Fiamme (as shown in this example from their “Sub Occasum Solis” album). For those who are not aware … Continue reading

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Did Benois’ Part Create a Surge in Diagalev’s Balletic Art?

The above portraiture is of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) illustrated by Alexandre Benois over a proscenium arch from which the showman from Petruschka draws the curtains to reveal a scene from Le Pavillion d’Armide, with Petruschka hiding in the corner. Russian … Continue reading

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