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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!
:heart:
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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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:iconstelari:
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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:iconstelari:
STelari Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear you've found this useful (:
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a great article! Thanks! I have only recently discovered exactly who Rackham was although I had seen his work many times before. He is now one of my favorites and I've been studying his work and picking up lots of drawing tidbits. Wow Sulamith Wulfing is amazing also! I love the glow he makes in most of his images. His work is more complex. Thanks for all the great information!
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sulamith was a woman (; I'm glad you liked the article - there are more planned for the future.
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999demons Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The illustrators of this era are one of my main inspirations. I recently bought a book containing Rackhams illustrations for The ring of the Nibelungs.

Edmund Dulac is my personal favourite of the era. Especially the illustrations he did for arabian nights.

Also I warmly recommend Ivan Bilibin. The Illustrations he did for some classic russian fairytales are just magic.
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know both Dulac and Bilibin and they are on my list for the future articles, along with some others. Thanks for reading.
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999demons Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am trying to emulate their style to some degree but translate it to a more contemporary comic book style. Still have a bit to go though.

I´m looking forward to your coming articles.
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Lamorien Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
he's been a favorite of mine for quite some time, and very much an influence on my own work. :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see that (:
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Snufkinson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Rackham's work, his style is so influential and contemporary. Shamed to admit I didn't know of Bauer & Kittelson... so thanks for the heads up :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You can find articles about Bauer and Kittelsen linked below this journal - and about Sulamith Wülfing, who's my absolute favourite. I'll be writing more notes about other illustrators, if you're interested to discover more (:
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Snufkinson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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KillerYumi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
great article :)
Rackham is a wonderful illustrator and one of my fav ^^
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Very beautiful article and special artist indeed.:heart::clap:
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Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   General Artist
Wonderful article. Thank you.
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:iconstelari:
STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading!
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Cilab Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haa love the guy (still have an old edition of his sleeping beauty with the inked silhouettes, amazing)!!

Really nicely written and relevant article!!

Great initiative and Well done!! :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I'd love to at least see that old edition. Thank you - I'm glad you've enjoyed it (:
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Bluari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
one of my favourite artists too c:
It's a great idea to feature artists of the history in a journal like this. Most people on dA needs some serious art history lessons.
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There's a whole group dedicated to that, #ArtHistoryProject (: I recommend watching them, if you are interested in that.
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Bluari Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ohh. haven't heard of it yet. have to watch c:
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great article. I love his Alice in Wonderland series :)
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My favourites come from his Grimm's tales serie (: Thank you.
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is actually hard to think of a Rackham picture I don't like to be honest :)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a book with Rackham illustrations :excited:
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Rackham's not that hard to get, luckily - imagine what a pain was to get something with Sulamith Wulfing's illustrations :bucktooth:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know who that is :ohnoes:
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My top totally beloved illustrator :meow: There's an article about her linked in this journal's description.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooo. Explains why the name looked familiar :slow: Amaaaaaaaazing.
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JadasArtVision Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Love Rackham! :) awesome article as usual
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! (:
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Very very nice!
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Rambling-anthology Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This whole post is made of awesome. Thanks for posting.
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you for reading.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
He is one of my favorite illustrators. His beautiful pictures made my favorite childhood stories even more enjoyable! :rose:
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my favourites, too (:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional
these are wonderful

Thank you
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STelari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you've enjoyed them, Bear.
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