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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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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