heaveninawildflower: ‘The Soot Fairies.’ Illustration by Arthur Rackham taken from ‘The Queen’s Gift Book’ edited by Arthur Conan Doyle. Published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1916 in aid of Queen Mary’s Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals. Kelly - University of Toronto archive.org
"The Rhine's pure-gleaming children / Told me of their sorrow" ~ artist Arthur Rackham, from "The Rhinegold and the Valkyries," p.28, pub.1910. Derived from "Das Rheingold," the first of the four operas that constitute Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen." Rackham was a brilliant artist & illustrator. #art #illustration
Brünnhilde slowly and silently leads her horse down the path to the cave - The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie, 1910
Arthur Rackham. From 1900-1914, high quality illustrated books were typically given as Christmas gifts. Many of Rackham's books were produced as deluxe limited editions, often vellum bound and sometimes signed, as well as larger, less ornately bound quarto 'trade' editions. This was often followed by a more modestly presented octavo edition in subsequent years.