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Arthur Rackham

Tue Mar 26, 2013, 7:58 AM

Arthur Rackham was born on the 19th of September 1867 in London and died of cancer at the age of 71 in Limpsfield, Surrey. He's considered to be one of the most recognisable artists of the Golden Age of Illustration in Europe, along with John Bauer and Theodor Kittelsen.



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He was born in a big family - it's enough to mention that he had 11 siblings, but surely plenty of you knows that it wasn't quite unusual in the XIX century and earlier. We know that in his youth, Rackham's health was rather poor - hence he travelled to Australia with his two aunts to improve his condition.


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After he returned, he began studying at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892 he started working as a reporter and an illustrator for The Westminster Budget. A year later a first book with his illustrations was released, but the actual major publication took place in 1894, for Anthony Hope's The Dolly Dialogues. After that Rackham became a full-time illustrator for the rest of his life.


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Rackham invented his own unique way of creating - first he sketched the outlines with a pencil, then added details. Afterwards he inked the sketch and removed pencil when the ink dried. Eventually, he layered a couple washes of colour to create translucent tints. This doesn't sound so unique today, does it? Here you may read more about the techniques used by Rackham.


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Written for #Traditionalists and #ArtHistoryProject.
A brief note about one of the most famous Golden Age of Illustration artists.
Other articles from the serie:
- Golden Age of Illustration
- Theodor Kittelsen
- Sulamith Wülfing
- John Bauer
- Ivan Bilibin
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EpHyGeNiA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Definitely love him *_*
I collect all his books and illustrations!
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STelari Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my beloved ones :nod:
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This was wonderful! Thank you!!
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STelari Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading!
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love your Historical Artist Features and Journals. Love them. :nod:
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Rackham was an absolute genius!!! I love his work.
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
Thankyou for sharing your love of Rackham...he was one of my great inspirations to persist with watercolour when I found it so hard to master!:) The washes & beautiful fine lines still inspire me...:heart:
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
He is a great source of inspiration indeed. I'm glad you liked it! (:
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Olvium Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the interesting article, it`s great to read about a great illustrator that I haven`t been familiar with before. :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear you've found this useful (:
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