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Charles Robinson – Illustrations for The Happy Prince 1913

Charles Robinson (1870–1937) was a prolific British book illustrator.

Born in Islington in October 1870, London, he was the son of an illustrator and his brothers Thomas Heath Robinson and William Heath Robinson also became illustrators.

The first full book he illustrated was Robert Louis Stevenson‘s A Child’s Garden of Verses (1895) which includes over 100 pen and ink drawings. It was extremely popular, going through many reprints, and generated numerous commissions.

He illustrated many fairy tales and children’s books throughout his career, including Eugene Field’s Lullaby Land (1897), W. E. Cule’s Child Voices (1899), Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Sintram and His Companions (1900), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907), Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1910), Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden (1911), and books written by Walter Copeland Jerrold and himself.

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (sometimes called The Happy Prince and Other Stories) is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. It contains five stories: “The Happy Prince”, “The Nightingale and the Rose”, “The Selfish Giant”, “The Devoted Friend”, and “The Remarkable Rocket”.

Charles Robinson  is one of my favorite illustrator. Both Robinsons brothers are extremely talented and prolific illustrators. Here is one of my favorite Robinson’s illustrated book, just re-scanned.  The Happy Prince, illustrated w/ 12 tipped-in plates. First edition, published by Duckwood, London, 1913.

Other books illustrated by Charles Robinson available in our gallery: The Secret Garden, The Big Book of Fairy Tales, Bee, Princess of the Dwarfs, Margaret’s Book, Our Sentimental Garden, Songs and Sonnets.

Art Gallery: Charles Robinson – The Happy Prince 1913

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