Arthur Rackham  

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"William Wilson" (1839) illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1935
"William Wilson" (1839) illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1935

"The rocks and the willows of Arthur Rackham." --Le Surréalisme et la peinture (1928) by André Breton

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Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939) was an English book illustrator. His work is noted for its robust pen and ink drawings, which were combined with the use of watercolour, a technique he developed due to his background as a journalistic illustrator.

Rackham's 51 colour pieces for the early American tale Rip Van Winkle became a turning point in the production of books since – through colour-separated printing – it featured the accurate reproduction of colour artwork.

His best-known works also include the illustrations for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Notable works

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