Sunday, 28 February 2010

"The Story Of Moses" by Walter de la Mare - Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

Some more illustrations by Edward Ardizzone found at (a brilliant website featuring a large collection of past illustrators' work).

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Eleanor Farjeon's Book: Stories-Verses-Plays (illustrated by Edward Ardizzone)

Sadly I don't own this book - a friend of mine picked it up in a bookshop in Edinburgh and I was able to took a photo of it. The pen and ink illustrations inside are even more impressive. Ardizzone(1900-1979) is one of the greatest British illustrators of the 20th century and I'd love to own one of his original illustrations (even though I don't imagine they're cheap!). Here is great website dedicated to his life and work where you can view some more of his work:

Monday, 22 February 2010

More by Anna Zinkeisen

Some more pictures by Anna Zinkeisen I found from the Internet. Her paintings are very interesting and quite different from the illustration work. The one below is a self-portrait. Very competent with the brushwork and colours as well as excellent composition. The subject matter seems to have been limited to society portraits and mythical scenes though.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

"Prelude - The early life of Eileen Joyce" C.H. Abrahall, illustrated by Anna Zinkeisen. Published by Oxford University Press 1950

Anna Zinkeisen(1901-1976) is a little known British painter but very accomplished and successful in her lifetime. You can read a more extensive biography on her at this excellent blog
There is something magic and surreal about these drawings that attracted me as soon as I saw them. The rhythm and the flow of the lines make them so atmospheric and special.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Allenburys Pastilles Ads (1939)

These are taken from the 1939 Picture Show Annual. They are signed by K Gol (if I am reading it correctly). Never came across this artist before - his lines are so expressive and skillful especially on the faces.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Ludwig Tieck: Merkwurdige Lebensgeschichte Sr. Majestat Abraham Tonelli (Vienna-1930ies) - Illustrations by Erwin Tintner

Not sure of the exact publication date of this one - I can only assume it was sometime in the thirties. I haven't a clue about the subject matter either as my German is non-existent! There are pirates, doctors, wolves together with a harlequin and Napoleon for good measure - I'd love to know what the story is about. The illustrations are so expresive and witty while being drawn in such simple lines. There are eight coloured plates in the book and sixty black & white ones, all full of funny characters in strange situations!

Erwin Tintner(1885-1957) was an Austrian illustrator, affiliated with Joseph Binder's atelier in Vienna (1924-38) according to website (