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Edmund Dulac – Illustrations for Fairies I Have Met 1907

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Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; 1882 –  1953) was a French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer.

Edmund Dulac was a prolific illustrator and designer. His works include Stories from The Arabian Nights (1907) with 50 colour plates; an edition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1908) with 40 colour illustrations; The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1909) with 20 colour plates; The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales (1910); Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911); The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (1912) with 28 colour plates and many monotone illustrations, Princess Badoura (1913) and many others.

Fairies I Have Met was reviewed in Outlook in its Literary Supplement of New Children’s Books, November 9, 1907. The reviewer spoke of the book as ‘charmingly illustrated in colour by Edmund Dulac.’ It would be hard to disagree. The new and enlarged edition of 1913 was reviewed most favorably in Church Times and Spectator. With the pictures here, Dulac displays a style much more humorous and whimsical than that of his illustrations for the Bronte novels two years earlier. The subjects are painted at close range, in deep colours, creating bolder designs and showing much detail, as opposed to the distant misty room or landscape scenery of the Bronte Sisters work” (Hughey)

Presenting the First edition of Fairies I Have Met, with 8 colours illustrations by Edmund Dulac. First published by Hodder & Stoughton. London, 1907. All the images are scanned from my book collection.

Art Gallery: Edmund Dulac – Fairies I Have Met

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