Arthur Rackham

The Hare and The Tortoise Goblin Market

I have no idea of how many versions, by different artists, I saw to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lots of great works, but I didn’t remember of the almost dark and fantastic illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

Rackham is often considered to be among the greatest book illustrators of all time. Major works of Arthur Rackham include the children’s books Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1900), Rip van Winkle (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907) and many others. While he may be best known for his elaborate child literature illustrations, he also illustrated books for adult readers, e.g. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1908), Undine (1909), The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie (1911) (a.k.a. Das Rheingold), short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, and several fairy tale books.

At his Wikipedia‘s article there are few examples of his works. More can be find at those sites:

Aesop’s Fables and English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel. The complete text with Rackham’s drawings and coloured illustrations at Project Gutenberg.

Alice in Wonderland: 13 color plates by Arthur Rackham, 1907.

Arthur Rackham: seven reproduction of the painting to “The Nursery Rhymes of Mother Goose” for St. Nicholas Magazine in 1913.

Rackham Fairy and Fairy Tale Art: a good gallery with many of his book illustrations, including Shakespeare works, Goblin Market and Mother Goose.

SurLaLune Fairy Tales: the excellent site contains several of his illustrations to fairy tales books.

The art of Arthur Rackham: Illustrations from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1906.

The Illustrators Project: it has only three images of different books, but the information about them is interesting.

And even more galleries of works to A Dish of Apple, Aesop Fables, Andersen Fairy Tales, Book of Pictures 1913, Christmas Carol, Compleat Angler, Comus, English Fairy Tales, Goblin Market, Gulliver’s Travels, Irish Fairy Tales, King Arthur, King of the Golden River, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Little Brother and Little Sister, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peer Gynt, Peter Pan in Kensington Garden, Poor Cecco, Rip Van Winkle, Siegfried and theTwilight of the Gods, Tales from Shakespeare, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, The Book of Betty Barber, The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie, The Springtide of Life, The Vicar of Wakefield, Undine and Where the Blue Begins.

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5 Responses to Arthur Rackham

  1. bluewyvern says:

    Arthur Rackham has been one of my favorite artists ever since I discovered him a few years back. (I’d actually enjoyed many of his illustrations in fairy-tale books of mine before, without knowing who he was.) Thanks for this great collection of links!

  2. -U! says:

    Terrific links —thanks a lot for sharing!

  3. Joseph Lee says:

    hi I just started getting into some older animations and I came across your site! I just wanted to tell you that I love it!!!
    I think I will learn alot from your site. I have a question for you. Since I just started watching cartoons, can I request some specifics from you? Thanks alot!!!

  4. Bibi says:

    I thinks I saw some of those his illustrations before bluewyvern, but never associated him with the images. He was great!
    My pleasure U. 🙂

  5. Bibi says:

    Hey Joseph, you can request, but I propably won’t be able to help you. I’m uploading just videos that someone said that is in public domain, and I uploaded almost all the cartoons that I found at There are some Popeyes too, but I don’t like Popeye, so I’m not planning upload them.
    I have to post about the other cartoons too. Stay awake.

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