Thursday, December 1, 2011

To Break a Poet's Dream

A very favorite obscure golden age illustrator—Beatrice Stevens.

Beatrice Stevens — Geoffry of Monmouth's Dream — 1906


Annie said...

Hi Thom,

These illustrations are beautiful in so many ways. I love the women’s garments and the arrangement of their hair, the gorgeous art in the borders, intricate and detailed, and the eloquent text they illustrate.

I love illustration that tells parts of the story in the border art, extending the text, like The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur, illuminated in two of the panels, on the page that mentions Arthur, and Merlin and Arthur on the earlier page. This is truly illustration at its best, like a children’s picture book, telling the story in both words and pictures.

I knew nothing about this artist. Thank you for featuring her!

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Very nicely articulated.

Annie, I need to hire you to write the blurbs to all of the golden age of illustration material.