Category Archives: Illustrations

The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell” English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling … Continue reading

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Welcome to Benvenuti’s Art

Gianni Benvenuti (1926-2005) was an Italian-born illustrator of children’s book. Both images are from ‘The Little Elf and Other Stories” (1960) retold by Jane Carruth. The book includes the following Hans Christian Anderson stories: The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The … Continue reading

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Time to Share Hampshire’s All In a Garden Fair

Above are six in a series of images by Ernest Lewellyn Hampshire, aka E. L Hampshire  (1882-1944), entitled, “All in a Garden Fair“. Born in East Dulwich on 16th June 1882, Hampshire was a professional landscape artist, water colourist, oil … Continue reading

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It’s a Great Illustration – But No Cigar!

Above: Inside of cigar box illustrated by Eirene Mort containing wood working tools belonging to Nora Weston ca. 1920. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Eirene Mort’s death at the age of 98, a fitting time to consider her … Continue reading

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The Fate of the Owl My Dear is Ever So Clear to Hear, Due to the Verse and Cheer My Love, From the One and Only Edward Lear

The Owl & The Pussycat (1990) wood engraving 4 x 5.5 cm The Owl and the Pussy-Cat [Verse I] by Edward Lear The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and … Continue reading

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Agnes Toth: From ‘Man in Cloth’ to Darkest Goth

Above: “The Magician” by Agnes Toth Contemporary artist Agnes Toth (born, 1981 in Gyor, Hungary) displays an inimitable style and with great story-telling ability.  Toth graduated from University College, Falmouth (U.K.) with an M.A. in Fine Art Contemporary Practice and … Continue reading

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Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair

Above is the cover design for Japanese ‘Rainbow’ Ne-Ne stationery note-paper designed ca. 1969. Japan has a plethora of smart pieces of stationery with both practical and sophisticated design elements. Japan is the design stationery capital of the world. Stationery … Continue reading

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The Story of Angélique and the Illustrator

[Above: Book cover for Angélique] These illustrations are from various dust jackets from the “Angélique” series of 13 French historical adventure books, written by the novelist duo Anne and Serge Golon known collectively as ‘Sergeanne Golan’. Some of the titles in this series … Continue reading

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Sacre Couer – Sacre Bleu

Above: An example of cover edition from notorious French violently anti-clerical and Republican  journal La Lanterne. The illustration displays a sinister priest-like vulture squatting over the newly-built Sacre Coeur Cathedral at Mont Matre, in Paris. La Lanterne was founded by … Continue reading

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The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders from wool and silk, from designs drawn in Paris ca 1500. The tapestries were created in the style of mille-fleurs (meaning: … Continue reading

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This Berrie Fine Glaswegian Lass Must Not Be Extinguished

Above: University Cafe (2011) 24 x 19 cm from a series of drawings of Glasgow cafes. Scottish illustrator Christine Berrie is a born and bred Glaswegian, living in the town of Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. The daughter of a draftsman for … Continue reading

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Are you thinking that Fafi is fluffy?

Fafi is an early adopter to street art and is currently living and working in Paris. Through her art, Fafi has been exploring her femininity through stereotypes, using them to her advantage. Fafi not only knocked her male colleagues and competitors out their … Continue reading

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Whoop Oop De Boop

Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. According to Wikipedia, the caricature of a Jazz Age flapper, Betty Boop was described in a 1934 court case as:”combining in appearance … Continue reading

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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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