Walter Crane’s Illustrations for <i>The Rosebud</i>

Walter Crane’s Illustrations for The Rosebud

The Rosebud and Other Stories by Arthur Kelly is one of the rarer and more unusual books illustrated by Walter Crane. It is a collection of humorous and whimsical tales with strong fantasy elements.  The stories are fun, but what stands out art the Walter Crane illustrations which are exceptionally well executed and on topics which are outside of Crane’s …


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Arthur Rackham’s <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens</i>

Arthur Rackham’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

In 1906 legendary illustrator Arthur Rackham was commissioned to illustrate J. M. Barrie’s prequel to his play Peter Pan. The standard edition features 10 original illustrations, but there was also a very limited edition with 40 additional illustrations which is now extremely rare. Remarkably the tipped in plates are included as an appendix to the regular book consisting of nothing …


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Art Deco Font Collection

Art Deco Font Collection

Our Art Deco font collection includes a remarkable selectiion of fonts from the design movements of the 1920s and 1930s, focusing on the kinds of fonts which were generally associated with the decorative arts movement which developed out of the Arts and Crafts movement. Because we already have collections of Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau fonts from related periods, …


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Walter Crane Decorations Mini-Package

Walter Crane Decorations Mini-Package

Even when writing essays on socialism and the philosophy of art, Walter Crane was incapable of resisting an opportunity to add some decoration. In his book The Claims of Decorative Art, Crane embellished each chapter with an intricate decorative header featuring neoclassical and mythological scenes in his usual meticulous and detailed style.We’ve taken all of the decorations from the book …


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Illuminated Initials from Early Manuscripts

Illuminated Initials from Early Manuscripts

In the mid-19th century Owen Jones undertook to catalog historic design and decoration in phenomenal detail and with exacting thoroughness in a series of beautifully illustrated books. The most famous of these is his Grammar of Ornament, which provides an overview of design and ornament from ancient times to the Renaissance. His next most notable work on historic design is …


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The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

Howard Pyle’s illustrated edition of Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott is probably the single greatest expression of book design in the American arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. This early Pyle work combines his vivid illustrative style with exceptional decoration and lettering into a modern illuminated masterpiece.


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Eastlake Design Sampler

Eastlake Design Sampler

When we were renovating our house I discovered ornamental brass fixtures for the doors designed by Charles Eastlake.  So I went shopping and found antique Eastlake hinges and knobs for all the doors. Charles Locke Eastlake (1836–1906) was the greatest British Arts and Crafts designer in the period after William Morris.  Like Morris he combined principles of art and decoration …


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Walter Crane’s <i>The Shepheard’s Calender</i>

Walter Crane’s The Shepheard’s Calender

Another of Walter Crane’s interesting decorated books is his edition of Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Shepheard’s Calender. It’s not as well known as Spenser’s The Faerie Queen which Crane also illustrated, but it has excellent illustrations and a particularly outstanding set of emblems with latin mottos which accompany the main illustrations. It also has a great frontispiece, decorative endpapers …


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The Illiad – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

The Illiad – Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

W. Heath Robinson was one of the most popular and successful illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th century, known for his ability to draw and paint in distinctly different styles and for his unique drawings of complex fantastical machinery and for his topical cartoons. We have recently started actively adding Robinson works to our library (we also have …


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An Overview of Our Russian Fonts

An Overview of Our Russian Fonts

In honor of the October Revolution (which was actually in November) I thought it would be good to draw attention to our rich selection of Russian theme and Russian Language fonts. The first and most unusual package we offer is our Russian Folk Art collection. It is based on designs from the Art Nouveau period in Russia with a heavy …


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The Art of Eleanor Brickdale

The Art of Eleanor Brickdale

Eleanor Fortesque Brickdale was one of the great illustrators of the later Victorian era, even though she is not as well known as some of her male contemporaries. She was strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites like Waterhouse and Millais, and studied with Lord Leighton. Her work also shows the influence of the Art Nouveau period and even the Impressionists, but …


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Eric Sloane Font Collection

Eric Sloane Font Collection

With the release of Almanac we have enough Eric Sloane fonts to make them worth offering as a package. We have a great representative sampling of Sloane’s calligraphic styles in the collection. Almanac, Guilford and Bridgeport represent his more controlled titling styles.  Guilford Crude and Queensland are typical of his more freehand captioning styles.  For more information on Sloane and …


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Almanac – New Font from Eric Sloane

Almanac – New Font from Eric Sloane

BUY NOW TRY DEMO We seem to be having a week focused on Eric Sloane, so a featured font based on his characteristic lettering designs seems like a must, and conveniently we didn’t have a font yet based on his more formal italic script style, so we went to work and the result is the new Almanac font, based on …


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Eric Sloane on Weather

Eric Sloane on Weather

The magnificent skies we’ve had here in Austin for the last week remind me of the works of Eric Sloane, the legendary mid-century artist, author and calligrapher. One of the things he was most known for was his huge paintings of weather and skies, the most famous of which is “Earth Flight Environment” a huge mural in the Smithsonian’s Air …


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The World of Eric Sloane

The World of Eric Sloane

This is an update of an article we originally published in 2005. Additional links have been added, especially at the end of the article. My grandfather made tools. So did my great-grandfather and his father and all his fathers before him back to a distant ancestral blacksmith working under a tree in medieval Scotland. This and my training as a …


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Two New Initials Fonts by Delamotte

Two New Initials Fonts by Delamotte

Freeman Delamotte (not to be confused with the late 19th century footballer of the same name) was a design historian of the mid-19th century who was second only to his contemporary Owen Jones in his ability to recreate historical lettering and to create new lettering in traditional historical styles. We recently acquired a significant library of Delamotte’s works, including bound …


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