Thomas MacKenzie – Lancelot The Adventures of King Arthur’s Most Celebrated Knight 1921


Thomas Mackenzie (1887 – 1944) was born in Bradford, England. He was an artist producing illustrations for books and watercolours during the early 20th Century. His earliest commissioned works were for Ali Baba and Aladdin and illustrations for James Stephens’s “The Crock of Gold” , Arthur Ransome’s “Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp in Rhyme”, Christine Chaundler’s Arthur and His Knights and James Elroy Flecker’s “Hassan”. He failed to make a career as a painter in France and died in 1944.

Mackenzie’s illustrations are reminiscent of the work of his Art Nouveau peers, including Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke and Kay Nielsen. His images for Arthur and His Knights, in particular, are stylistically similar to those of Nielsen in East of the Sun and West of the Moon, but have a softness about them that remind one of the watercolours that he also produced.

Presenting the book Lancelot The Adventures of King Arthur’s Most Celebrated Knight. First published by Heinemann, 1925. Illustrated with 8 delightful colour plates by Thomas Mackenzie.

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