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Jessie M. King – Illustrations for Habitation Forcée 1921

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.

Jessie M.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 one of Jessie Marion King’s rarest book, Habitation Forcée by Rudyard Kipling. Published by Kieffer, Paris 1921 in a limited edition of 500 copies. Featuring 21 marvelous hand-color pochoir illustrations.

Other Jessie M. King illustrated works available in our gallery: The Defence of Guenevere, A House of Pomegranates, The High History of the Holy Graal, Seven Happy Days, Poems of Spenser.

I would recommend this excellent in-depth study by Professor Catherine Delyfer about the illustrator Jessie M. King and this particular book Habitation Forcée by Rudyard Kipling. It’s quite fascinating.

Art Gallery: Jessie M. King – Habitation Forcée 1921

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