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Harry Clarke – Illustrations from The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault 1922

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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.

Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from earlier folk tales, published in his Histoires ou contes du temps passé. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). Some of Perrault’s versions of old stories influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later. The stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film

Presenting the Illustrations by Harry Clarke for the First edition of The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault. Published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1922.

Other books illustrated by the great Harry Clarke are also available for perusal in our gallery: Faust, Selected Poems of Charles Swinburne, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Year’s at the Spring.

Art Gallery: Harry Clarke – The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault 1922

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