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Arthur Rackham Art and Illustrations

Yes, there are Arthur Rackham images on this page! I probably have more Arthur Rackham art online than anywhere else on the net ("puffs up chest proudly"). However, this page came to load so slowly that many people experience incomplete page load. To remedy that, I've created links to subpages. All the images are still there and I have more yet to scan and post. Reading is good for you. ~XineAnn

A Fairy

About Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham's (1867-1939) haunting and dreamlike style has added to the enchantment and fantasy of the children's literature and his imitators are many.

Arthur Rackham began his career as a prolific English illustrator at the end of the 19th century. He was one of 12 children. At 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying at the Lambeth School of Art, where he studied for seven years. In 1892 he quit his clerk job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustration was published in 1893.

Arthur Rackham married Edyth Starkie in 1903. They had one child, a daughter, Barbara, in 1908. Rackham drew and painted many images of Barbara.

Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1908. He also won a gold medal at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906 and another one at the Barcelona International Exposition in 1911. His works appeared in numerous exhibitions, including one at the Louvre in Paris in 1914.

He studied drawing at evening classes at Lambeth School of Art (1884) for 7 years, at the same time that he was working full-time in insurance. He bagan as an illustrator of children's books, using the then new half-tone process. He first became known for his illustration to Grimm's Fairy Tales. In 1905, He made his American debut with his illustrations to Rip van Winkle and in 1906, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was published. His final book was The Wind In the Willows was published in 1940, a year after his death at home in Limpsfield, Surrey in 1939.

Rackham Art Images at Art Passions

These collections include illustrations of Arthur Rackham, from Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twilight of the Gods, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Undine, Wind and the Willows, Gulliver's Travels, King of the Golden River and others.

Recent Additions and Changes

Girl Beside a Stream

Arthur Rackham, Girl Beside a Stream - click to see bigger

I have added many new Rackham images. Some people had trouble downloading this page because of its length, so I have moved the Alice, Gulliver, Peter Pan, and Ring sections to their own pages. So if images that were here from your last visit no longer appear on this page, they have probably been moved to their own page. There will be a link in the appropriate section. Please stay calm. :)

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Arthur Rackham Illustrations

Images from Arthur Rackham's Illustrations to The Wonder Book

Arthur Rackham, Pandora Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to The Wonder Book No trouble


Scaly Rascals

Mermaids with Sea Green Hair

Dragon with Three Heads

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Alice in Wonderland

These links open to separate pages.

Rackham - Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland - online book with Rackham images

Images from Arthur Rackham's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Separate page will all illustrations to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, some history and some interesting fairy marginalia.

Rackham - Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Gulliver's Travels

Separate page. Online book also.

Rackham - Gulliver's Travels<

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

Yes, all of them.

Rackham - Rip Van Winkle

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung

Yes, all of them.

Rackham - The Ring

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to John Ruskin's King of the Golden River

King of the Golden River

The Old Gentleman Reclined on a Globe

Gave the Child a Bottle

So there they lay, all three

Images from Arthur Rackham's llustrations to Mother Goose (the Old Nursery Rhymes)

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Wind in the Willows

Color Illustrations from Goblin Market


Down the glen tramp little men

White and golden Lizzie stood

Laura would call the little ones

Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Undine

  • Undine outside the window
  • At the back of the little tonge of land, there lay a fearsome forest right perilous to traverse
  • A beautiful little girl clad in rich garments stood there on the threshold smiling
  • The Infancy of Undine
  • He saw by the moonlight momentarily unveiled, a little insland encircled by the food; and there under the branches of the overhanging trees was Undine
  • The Knight took the beautiful girl in his arms and bore her over the narrow space where the stream had divided her little island from the shore
  • He held up the gold piece, crying at each leap of his, "False gold ! false coin ! false coin! "
  • At length, they all pointed their stained fingers at me
  • When the storm threatened to burst on their heads, she uttered a laughing reproof to the clouds. "Come, come," saith she, "look to it that you wet us not"
  • "Little niece," said Kuhleborn, "forget not that I am here with thee as a guide"
  • Bertalda
  • "She hath a mark, like a violet, between her shoulders, and another like it on the instep of her left foot"
  • Bertalda in the Black Valley
  • Soon she was lost to sight in the Danube
  • He could see Undine beneath the crystal vault
  • Images from Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Tales from Shakespeare, and others

    Illustrations from Irish Fairy Tales

    Illustrations from Comus, Cinderella, English Fairy Tales, Sleeping Beauty, and elsewhere

    Complete Illustration to Feats on the Fjords (1899). Arthur Rackham Fairy

    Vintage Books and Prints

    Vintage Rackham Posters are rare and costly when you do find them, although you can still find some that were printed by Paper Tiger Press in La Jolla, California, in the late '60s and early '70s. You can also find notecards with Rackham images at flea markets and have one blown up for under $25. However, alternatives, such as nicely framing a page from a Rackham-illustrated book, do work. You'll want to choose a reprint or a book in poor condition, because many Rackham books in good condition are valuable.

    Rackham Art Prints at Artsy Craftsy

    Rackham Art Prints

    Not all of the images here are suitable for prints but some of the more popular ones are available at Artsy Craftsy. Your purchases there help keep Art Passions going, and help support my antique fairy tale book habit. My Rackham prints are larger-format and printed on cotton rag fine art paper, with archival inks. There are some Rackham prints that are not available elsewhere.

    Free Rackham Fonts

    The Scriptorium offers art fonts and traditional fonts based on Rackham's work. The title image of this page shows one of his fonts. They also offer Rackham images for desktop publishing. Not fine art quality, but I was very happy with my test purchase there.

    You can download a free demo version of Scriptorium's Rackham Italic in Zip format or Stuffit for MacOS. Installation instructions are included. Or try a demo version of the Rackham Goblins font: Zip format or Stuffit for MacOS.

    Arthur Rackham, Leviathan Important: Please do not link directly to images at artpassions or download the entire site. See the FAQ for why this is a problem. If you download the entire site with an offline webstripper, you will take down the site. This will make me very grumpy and I will ban your IP address, entire domain or country, depending on how bad it was.

    Note If you have questions about the art on these pages, please see the FAQ. The most common questions are answered there, including "what is it worth?" questions and "who gives me permission?" questions. You can write me, but I may take awhile getting back to you.

    Questions? Difficulties?

    Sometimes things break. If something isn't working right, please tell the webmistress. Mention that the error is on the Artpassions Rackham page or I won't know. For questions, be sure to check the FAQ. But I cannot tell you what books or prints are worth and I would rather not receive offers from booksellers because if I don't already have it, I probably cannot afford what you want for it and it will just upset me.