Illustrator Extraordinaire: Bechtel Fellow Enthralled by Arthur Rackham

Bridgid Mangan


These are the words of a young C. S. Lewis, who was deeply impressed by the “tender, flickering light of imagination”2 conveyed in the watercolor images by Rackham, the late nineteenth-century artist. Upon entering the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida, I felt the same anticipation and excitement. There was a shelf of first-edition books, some signed by Rackham himself, awaiting my perusal. As a recipient of the 2016 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship, I had been awarded an exceptional opportunity to explore the works of one of the most admired and influential illustrators of all time.

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James Hamilton, Arthur Rackham, A Life with Illustration (London: Pavilion, 2010), 99-100.

Friedrich de la Motte Fouqua, Undine (London: Heinemann, 1909).

Richard Wagner (tr. Margaret Armour), The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie (London: Heinemann, 1910).

Richard Wagner (tr. Margaret Armour), Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods (London: Heinemann, 1911).

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (London: Heinemann, 1908).

Brian Froud and Alan Lee, Faeries (New York: Abrams, 1978).



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