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Title: Wee Folk
Description: : , 1913. Wee Folk" Original Watercolor Drawing for "Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures" RACKHAM, Arthur. "Wee Folk." [N.p.: n.d. ca. 1913]. Original pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing for the seventh color plate in "Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures" (London: 1913). Signed "Arthur Rackham" within a cartouche at lower right. With a label on the reverse, signed and dated by Rackham: "Exhibition of Works by/Arthur Rackham/Held at The Leicester Galleries,/Leicester Square, London./Nov 1913/No. 54 Goblins/Purchaser/A.W. Moro Esq." Image size: 9 1/2 x 5 5/16 inches; 240 x 135 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed. A superb example of Arthur Rackham's masterly penmanship, incredibly understated in its conception and wonderfully evocative. This watercolor is reproduced on p. 131 of Fred Gettings's Arthur Rackham (London: 1975). Arthur Rackham's Picture Book "consists of a series of forty-four coloured plates and a few line drawings with an amusing introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch..In his Introduction Sir Arthur waxes poetic about the collection, speaking of it as a kind of 'biography'" (Gettings, p. 321). In this delicate drawing, Rackham is at his best with this simple rendering, using soft washes of color and drawing his typically well-known animals and elves. "Therefore, even if there were no such things as fairies, the children would have to invent them - pixies, nixies, gnomes, goblins, elves, kobbolds, and the rest - to account for the marvels that are happening all the while, but especially while we sleep.." (Introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch to Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures, p.29). Fred Gettings Arthur Rackham, p.131. .

Keywords: Original Artwork Children's Books Illustrated Books Fairies

Price: US$ 26500.00 Seller: David Brass Rare Books (ABAA/ILAB)
- Book number: 04287

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