<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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Howard Pyle Fonts and Art Package

Howard Pyle Fonts and Art Package

Howard Pyle was one of the most renowned illustrators of the 19th century. His work was widely published in adventure novels, magazines and romances. He was the founder of the Brandywine school and artists colony in Chadd’s Ford Pennsylvania, where he taught artists like N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Thornton Oakley their craft. Pyle both wrote and illustrated a …


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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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William Morris Font and Art Collection

William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is probably best remembered for his …


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Walter Crane’s Pan Pipes

For years we’ve been adding to what has become an outstanding library of illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane, and all that work has come to fruition with the release of selected Walter Crane material in outstanding packages customized for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. We started with our …


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Paul Woodroffe Illustrations from “The Tempest”

Paul Woodroffe Illustrations from “The Tempest”

At the dawn of the 20th century there was a real boom in the market for high end books.  This created demand for really exceptional book illustrators and many traditionally trained artists brought their skills to publishers and were very well paid for their work.  New printing techniques made it possible to publish very high quality editions of classic works …


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Illustrated Fairy Tales from Heart of Oak

Illustrated Fairy Tales from Heart of Oak

In our endless acquisition of graphic arts resources we come across oddities from time to time. One of those is this collection of classic fairy tales told through illustrations by Frank T. Merrill, which were published in a series of children’s books called Heart of Oak.  They are here free to download as a bonus for loyal fans of our …


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Floral Borders by Margaret Armstrong

Floral Borders by Margaret Armstrong

Margaret Armstrong was an artist of the early 20th century particularly known for her detailed Art Nouveau decorated book bindings, but she also did lovely floral borders which be useful for other design purposes, so we’ve collection some of them together into a mini-package for you to use.


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Holiday Feature: Walter Tittle’s Colonial Holidays

This Christmas we’re making available an unusual collection of Christmas images by outstanding American book illustrator and decorator Walter Tittle, an artist most known for his seasonal works.


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Charles Folkard Grimm Mini-Package

It’s been a while since we released any new art from our collection of fairytale books illustrated by Charles Folkard. So it’s about time we make available this collection of his illustrations for Grimm’s Fairy Tales. This mini-package includes 8 beautifully drawn and colored images from stories by the Brothers Grimm. In addition to illustrations from well known stories like …


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