Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a Victorian gentleman who, naturally, started his career safely, as a clerk. Eventually he leapt into a career as an illustrator, where he slowly began to develop the style that eventually endeared him to so many generations of children who loved (and still love) his whimsical creativity. He is considered the premier illustrator of the early 20th century.

The work for which he is most famous today is probably The Wind in the Willows, published posthumously in 1940, but he created many other classics as well, some of which are Rip Van Winkle (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1907), A Midsummer-Night's Dream (1908), and Undine (1909, which inspired The Little Mermaid), as well as a host of fairy tales and fables.

Midsummer Night's Dream






Some British Ballads

May Colven


English Fairy Tales

She went along and went along



Irish Fairy Tales

A Fairy Book

The Stolen Queen


Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Fairies say "We feel dancey!"


Rackham was, and remains, very popular and is well represented on the web. Here are just a small handful of sites:

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