Renowned English illustrator Arthur Rackham is famous for his imaginative pictures for children’s story books. Working in the ‘Golden Age’ of British books, around the turn of the 20th century, he created beautiful illustrations for many books that went on to become our best-loved classics – from Peter Pan to Gulliver’s Travels. His work has even been exhibited in the Louvre!
Arthur Rackham mostly used pen-and-ink to create his drawing but his distinctive style has also been used in watercolours and paper-cut silhouettes. The lines of his artworks have a flowing quality that brings the magic and movement of the stories to life. Choosing Arthur Rackham prints as a special gift for a young book-lover (or indeed for yourself, why not?) is a fantastic way to treat them to a little bit of fairy tale royalty. Take a look at our magical collection of art prints and prepare to be transported back to your childhood.
Arthur Rackham illustrated a wide range of children’s storybooks, giving his pictures a great breadth of subjects to capture. From fairy wings and flowers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream to gallant princes and ghosts, there’s something for everyone. Spark young imaginations with lively pictures from their favourite stories. The tumbling playing cards in ‘Illustration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a real family classic. Or treat little princesses to the romance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ or ‘It was just as if the wind had whistled by’ from Grimm’s Fairytales.
For an Arthur Rackham picture with a darker twist, how about a print like ‘Scrooge and the Ghost of Marley’? This would make a gorgeous Christmas gift for a traditional art lover. The rolling waves and stormy skies of ‘Danae and her son Perseus put in a chest and cast into the sea’ is another great choice – and a firm favourite among fans of Greek mythology.
The delicate vintage style of Arthur Rackham’s artworks need the right material to make them shine. Pictures with soft watercolours look best printed onto stretched cotton canvas for an authentic finish. If you have chosen one of Arthur Rackham’s pencil sketches or silhouette pieces, you could go for lightweight Forex foam board. It gives a great final effect to prints with a high proportion of white. And don’t forget our affordable but high-quality photo paper, ideal for decorating children’s ever-changing bedrooms.