A Life with Illustration
By James Hamilton
(Pavilion, Hardcover, 9781857936346, 200pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2010
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The definitive and sumptuous biography of the one of the world's most collectible illustrators contains a richly detailed account of his life along with beautifully enchanting pictures
Examining the work of the illustrator Arthur Rackham, this monograph traces his achievements throughout his illustrious career. Rackham's illustrations for such works as Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Rip Van Winkle have attained the classic status of the writings themselvesand indeed, in some cases, they have become synonymous with them. His works were also included in numerous exhibitions in his lifetime, including one at the Louvre in Paris in 1914. Rackham himself, however, has previously remained a shadowy figure. As well as featuring exquisite illustrations and sketches, extracts from Rackham's correspondence and insightful commentary shed new light on this much-collected illustrator.
James Hamilton is an art historian, biographer, and museum curator. He is the author of a number of art and historical biographies, including Faraday: The Life, The Sculpture of Austin Wright, Turner and Italy, and Turner: A Life, which was short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Award.