Jessie M. King – The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems 1904

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Jessie Marion King (March 20, 1875 – August 3, 1949) was a Scottish illustrator mostly of children’s books. She also designed jewellery and fabric, and painted pottery.

King was made Tutor in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art in 1899. Her first published designs, and some people believe her finest, were for the covers of books published by Globus Verlag, Berlin between 1899 and 1902. The publisher was a subsidiary company of the great Berlin department store, Wertheim’s. She was influenced by the Art Nouveau of the period and her works correspond in mood with those of The Glasgow Four.

Presenting the illustrations  from the First edition of The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems book. First published by John Lane, London, 1904.

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