Monday, February 18, 2013

Virginia Frances Sterrett

"Her achievement was beauty, a delicate, fantastic beauty, created with brush and pencil. Almost unschooled in art, her life spent in prosaic places of the West and Middle West, she made pictures of haunting loveliness, suggesting Oriental lands she never saw and magical realms no one ever knew except in the dreams of childhood ..."

Virginia Frances Sterrett  was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1900. Her best known work is the suite of illustrations for Arabian Nights (1928). She died of tuberculosis in 1931.

Works illustrated:

  • 1920  Old French Fairy Tales by Comtesse de Segur
  • 1921 Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 1928  Arabian Nights

Virginia Frances Sterrett - Arabian Nights

Virginia Frances Sterrett - Old French Fairy Tales

Virginia Frances Sterrett - Tanglewood Tales illustrations

Monday, February 4, 2013

John Austen - Hamlet

John Archibald Austen (5 January 1886 –  27 October 1948) was an English book illustrator. His finest work is Hamlet, which he illustrated in  Beardsley style. He was also influenced by the Art Deco movement. Books which he illustrated in this manner include Daphnis and Chloe and As You Like it.

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