|Arthur Rackham self-portrait entitled "A Transpontine Cockney" 1934|
Arthur Rackham's works have become very popular since his death, both in North America and Britain. His images have been widely used by the greeting card industry and many of his books are still in print or have been recently available in both paperback and hardback editions. His original drawings and paintings are keenly sought at the major international art auction houses.
This is part 8 of an 8-part post on the works of Arthur Rackham. For full biographical notes see part 1.
A Dish of Apples by Eden Phillpotts is a collection of poems written by Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960) on a theme of nature and harvest, with the greater part of the collection being poems in homage to varieties of orchard fruits.
Phillpotts was an English author, poet and dramatist. He was born in Mount Abu, British India, educated in Plymouth, Devon, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer. He co-wrote two plays with his daughter Adelaide Phillpotts.
|1921 Cover of A Dish of Apples|
Hawthorne’s Wonder Book was the First Edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Written as tales within a tale, Hawthorne presents the stories as being told to a group of children at Tanglewood, an Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts (where Hawthorne lived for a period), by Eustace Bright, a Williams College student.
|1922 Cover of Hawthorne's Wonder Book|
|1922 American edition of the book|
Comus is a masque in honour of chastity, written by John Milton (1608 – 1674). It was first presented on Michaelmas 1634, before John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater at Ludlow Castle in celebration of the Earl's new post as Lord President of Wales. The plot concerns two brothers and their sister, simply called "Lady", lost in a journey through the woods. Lady becomes fatigued, and the brothers wander off in search of sustenance.
While alone, she encounters the debauched Comus, a character inspired by the god of mockery, who is disguised as a villager and claims he will lead her to her brothers. Deceived by his amiable countenance, Lady follows him, only to be captured, brought to his pleasure palace and victimized by his necromancy.
This version originally published in 1922.
|1922 Cover of Comus|
|"All amidst the Gardens fair of Hesperus, and his daughters three that sing about the golden tree."|
|"And they, so perfect is their misery, not once perceive their foul disfigurement, but boast themselves more comely than before."|
|"They come in making a riotous unruly noise"|
|"Calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire."|
|"The flowry-kirtl'd Naiades."|
|"Some say, no evil thing that walks by night…"|
|"…No goblin, or swart faery of the mine, hath hurt-full power o'er true virginity."|
|"The huntress Diana"|
|"The wonted roar was up amidst the woods, and fill'd the Air with barbarous dissonance."|
|"… as Daphne was, root-bound, that fled Apollo."|
|"Iris there, with humid bow"|
|"The brothers rush in with swords drawn."|
|"The water Nymphs, that in the bottom plaid, held up their pearled wrists and took her in."|
|"Sabrina fair listen where thou art sitting."|
This version originally published in 1936.
|1936 Cover of Peer Gynt|
|Peer before the King of Trolls|
|Aase on the mill house roof|
|Peer among the wedding guests|
|Peer and Solvieg at the wedding|
|Peer follows the woman in green|
|The dance of the Trolls|
|Peer and the Troll Witch|
|The Death of Aase|
|The Thin Man|
|Peer and the Threadballs|