Harry Clarke – Andersen Fairy Tales 1916


Harry Clarke (March 17, 1889 – January 6, 1931) was an Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator. Born in Dublin, he was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement.

Harry Clarke the younger was exposed to art (and in particular Art Nouveau) at an early age. He went to school in Belvedere College in Dublin. By his late teens, he was studying stained glass at the Dublin Art School. While there his The Consecration of St. Mel, Bishop of Longford, by St. Patrick won the gold medal for stained glass work in the 1910 Board of Education National Competition.

I’m please to re-introduce the new scans for the most beautiful illustrated Andersen’s Fairy Tales of all time by Harry Clarke. There is no parallel to Clarke’s genius treatment of the characters in the tales and it also helps that this book is profusely illustrated with 16 tipped-in color plates and 24 gorgeous black/white plates. This book was first published by Harrap in 1916 and remains one of the scarcest and most sought after Andersen’s fairy tales illustrated book. Enjoy.

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