Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939

Alternative names
Birth 1867-09-19
Death 1939-09-06

Biographical notes:

Epithet: painter and illustrator

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000613.0x000074

Arthur Rackham was born September 19, 1867, in London, England. He attended Lambeth School of Art and married an artist, Edyth Starkie, both contributing to his renowned success as a reputable artists/illustrator. Contributing to over seventy titles, Rackham's name appeared in partnership with authors such as Jonathan Swift, Washington Irving, William Shakespeare, Aesop, Charles Dickens, John Milton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allen Poe. In 1910, Rackham was adorned as a leading illustrator, as he helped to immortalize the books Gulliver's Travels, Rip Van Winkle and Peter Pan . Arthur Rackham passed away in 1939, but his work transcends time.

From the guide to the Arthur Rackham Collection, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

English painter and illustrator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to [Frank] Crowninshield, at that time art editor of the Century Magazine, 1912 Sept. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616063

Book illustrator.

From the description of Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1905-1934. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155886538

British illustrator.

From the description of Letter : London, to Laurence Housman, 1908 Dec. 18. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 25248929

British illustrator.

Beginning with RIP VAN WINKLE in 1905, Rackham illustrated 50 major works, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND, A MIDSUMMER HIGHT'S DREAM, WINNIE THE POOH, and other English and American classics.

From the description of Papers, 1904-1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122482510


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  • Illustrator : Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939
  • Illustration of books--20th century
  • Illustrators, British
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Children's literature
  • Artists, British
  • Children's literature--Illustrations
  • Art, Modern--20th century
  • Christmas cards


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  • United States (as recorded)
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