Aesop’s Fables by Charles Folkard

Aesop’s Fables by Charles Folkard

Our latest mini-package is a collection of beautiful art by Charles Folkard from his illustrated edition of Aesop’s Fables.  Folkard was an English illustrator who many see as the successor to Arthur Rackham, though he has not become as famous.  His Aesop’s Fables was published in 1912 and is one of his outstanding pre-war works.  He was known for his …


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Owen Jones’ Illuminated <i>Gray’s Elegy</i>

Owen Jones’ Illuminated Gray’s Elegy

homas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is probably one of the greatest poems in the English language and certainly of the 18th century. On the hundredth anniversary of the release of Gray’s classic, legendary book designer and illustrator Owen Jones produced a special illuminated edition of the epic poem with detailed page borders, decorative initials and original lettering …


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Water Sprites by Charles Folkard

Water Sprites by Charles Folkard

One of the most interesting and often overlooked sources of art in the early part of the late 19th and early 20th century is sheet music.  In this period, if you wanted music you often had to perform it yourself, so music publishing was big business.  Just as with albums of recorded music in later periods, great art was a …


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Ring of the Nibelungs – Folkard Illustrations

Ring of the Nibelungs – Folkard Illustrations

We’ve recently added some really great illustrated books to our collection with illustrations by Charles Folkard. These are all from the 1910s and 1920s and address fairy tale and mythological themes with some of Folkard’s best illustrations. You may have seen some of Folkard’s other work on this site, such as our Folkard font, the Folkard Caption font and illustrations …


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The Art of William Russell Flint

The Art of William Russell Flint

Sir William Russell Flint was the Artist Laureate to Queen Victoria at the end of her reign, and while he was highly regarded in his own era as one of the great artists of the time, his work has largely been forgotten today. However, he left behind a legacy of extraordinary illustrations on classical themes and we’ve preserved some of …


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Viking Fonts and Art Collection

Viking Fonts and Art Collection

For a PDF of art samples click HERE Click any font to see a larger sample. Vafthrudnir is a new, original font design which draws on the tradition of Germanic uncial and early gothic calligraphy. It is designed to be extra bold and somewhat rough-hewn, for use in title design, and features variant versions of many of the characters. Click …


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“Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes” by Byam Shaw

“Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes” by Byam Shaw

Byam Shaw was an outstanding English illustrator of the Victorian period who specialized in classic literature and fairytales. Unlike other popular illustrators of the period he had a bold, muscular style which emphasizes graphic design elements. Artistically he fits with other late-Victorian artists like Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale and William Russell Flint, but he has elements of poster design and the …


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Eleanore Brickdale’s <i>Carols</i> for Christmas

Eleanore Brickdale’s Carols for Christmas

Eleanore Fortescue Brickdale was a remarkable illustrator who was part of the generation of artists who came after the pre-Raphaelites and took many of their ideas and refined and commercialized them. Brickdale did a lot of illustration on religious themes and was particularly known for her cherubs, angels and images of children. Not surprisingly this meant that she worked on …


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The First Nantucket Tea Party – Walter Tittle

The First Nantucket Tea Party – Walter Tittle

As a special seasonal bonus, for Thanksgivin we’ve making available a collection of images based on The First Nantucket Tea Party by outstanding American book illustrator and decorator Walter Tittle, an artist most known for his seasonal works. These images make an excellent companion to last year’s release of a package of illustrations for his Colonial Holdays which is a …


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Walter Crane’s <i>The Golden Primer</i>

Walter Crane’s The Golden Primer

Illustrated books teaching young children how to read were a staple of 19th century education, and Walter Crane was famous for his alphabet books as well as books like The Golden Primer which were designed to teach vocabulary to slightly older children through the use of rhymes and images. The Golden Primer is one of Crane’s harder to find works. …


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Faerie Fonts and Art

Faerie Fonts and Art

Way back in the 1990s we put together a guide page called “Fairy Lands Forlorn” which focused on all the fonts and art we had collected which fit a fairytale theme. Like all things on the web in the 1990s it was not terribly well organized, and although it was popular, we never really did what we should have done with the concept, which is make it into a coherent package of fairy themed fonts and art. Well, now we have!


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Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Folkard

Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Folkard

Charles Folkard was an outstanding illustrator of the early 20th century, best known for his fairtale illustrations and his illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio. One particularly cool lesser known work is Folkard’s set of illustrations for an edition of Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare.  This particular edition of the classic, includes illustrations from 8 of the most famous …


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<i>English Fairy Tale</i> Illustrations by Herbert Cole

English Fairy Tale Illustrations by Herbert Cole

In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a boom in the popularity of English folklore, particularly in the form of meticulously researched books collecting old stories and preserving them for a modern audience. This included stories from early written sources, chronicles and an oral tradition which was in danger of dying out. Fairy stories, Celtic myths and …


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Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

As part of Great Britain’s participation in the 1906 World’s Fair in Chicago, legendary Arts and Crafts artist Walter Crane was comissioned to produce a special commemorative book in a limited edition. The result was Columbia’s Courtship, an epic poem about American history, written and hand lettered by Walter Crane with each verse part of a full-page of illustration and decoration. It is one of Crane’s most unusual and striking works.


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Walter Crane’s Calendar

In January of 1891 Little Folks Magazine published a special feature of a calendar designed and illustrated by Walter Crane with accompanying verses by his eldest daughter Beatrice. Each of the 12 panels has a figurative depiction of the month, a decorated initial and a topical verse. In style they are rather reminiscent of other Crane Works of the same …


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Byam Shaw’s <i>Decameron</i>

Byam Shaw’s Decameron

Byam Shaw was a great English illustrator of the Victorian period. Stylistically he inherited many of the characteristics of the Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts artists of the earlier 19th century, putting him in the same category with other late-Victorian artists like Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale and William Russell Flint. Shaws black and white illustrations are complex and have lots of …


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