Fun Facts Friday: Arthur Rackham
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / September 19, 2014

Arthur Rackham (19 September, 1867 – 6 September, 1939) was an English book illustrator whose work is still sought out today. In an era which was called the “golden age” of illustrations, Rackham was one of the most prolific and known illustrators. Instead of “fun facts”, I thought I’d share some of Mr. Rackham’s wonderful work.

Fun Facts Friday: John Tenniel
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / February 28, 2014

John Tenniel (28 February, 1820 – 25 February, 1914) was a British illustrator and cartoonist whose work was prominent during the second half of England’s 19th century. These days Mr. Tenniel is remembered, in part, as the illustrator for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Tenniel’s father, John Baptist Tenniel, was very athletic and worked as a dancing-master. The son learned fencing, dancing, riding and more from his father. However, at age 20 he suffered a cut which blinded his right eye. Tenniel concealed the injury from his father to spare him the guilt. At age 16 Tenniel’s paintings started to be exhibited at galleries. One of Tenniel’s first commissions was a fresco for the House of Lords. Tenniel had a photographic memory. John Tenniel worked as chief cartoon artist for Punch and his images were considered funny and radical. Tenniel drew 92 drawings for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Tenniel attended the Royal Academy but left in disgust at the quantity of teaching he received. Tenniel’s political cartoons played up the racial stereotypes of the time (Jews with hooked noses, Africans with thick lips, etc.). Tenniel was…

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