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95 Arthur Rackham 1867-1939
Drawing of "Little Folks"
Pen-and-ink and watercolor, signed, 14.5 x 10.5 inches, [191-?]
The acknowledged master of fantasy illustration, Arthur Rackham brought to book illustration a sensitiveness and whimsy which have seldom, if ever, been equaled. Trained in the insurance business, Rackham very early abandoned this for a career of illustrating, first in magazines, which he continued throughout most of his life, and later in books. He perfected, with great success, an ability to create the effect of otherworldliness out of the ordinary things of this world. "Little Folks," one of many unpublished works in the Library's collection of over five hundred original drawings, paintings and sketch books, reveals a wooded landscape in which a boy and girl are surrounded by toadstools metamorphosing into elfin figures, and employs motifs characteristic of Rackham's illustrations during the period, including an anthropomorphic landscape with trees clustered in groups of three and a castle in the distance.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Berol

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