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Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration Hardcover – 11 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (11 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058941
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Examining the work of the illustrator Arthur Rackham, this monograph chases his achievements throughout his illustration career." --"The San Francisco Book Review"

About the Author

James Hamilton is University Curator at the University of Birmingham, and has worked at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Portsmouth and Wakefield City Art Galleries, the Mappin Art Gallery in Sheffield and as a Director of the Yorkshire Contemporary Art Group. He organised a seminal Arthur Rackham exhibition at Sheffield, Bristol and the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1979/80 and has written written biographies of J. M. W. Turner, Michael Faraday and Will ... read more on our website.


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Format: Hardcover
Whatever you do, do not open this book unless you have plenty of time to spare! Contains over 140 colour and loads of black and white plates of Rackhams exquisite evocation of fantasy and fairytales. The fantastically mysterious pictures jump off the page and are beautifully mixed with a brilliant insight into unique and very talented artist. A definite buy for anyone who loves the mysterious/fairytale kind of artwork.
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This is an incredibly beautiful book that can keep the reader entertained for hours on end. Aside from the stunning illustrations - as if you needed an aside - the text provides a wealth of detail on Rackhams life and times which is completely fascinating. I first discovered this book in a public library and after taking it out umpteen times finally caved in and bought it. I can't leave it lying around anywhere because when I return I always find someone else totally engrossed in it! You will love this book if you like fairy tales, or anything illustrated by Dulac, Brian Froud, Alan Lee...I promise you that you won't regret buying it!
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This book has to be the most sumptious and thorough work on Rackham yet. Hamilton painstakingly relates the details of Rackham's life, with enlightening glimpses into the artist's youth, as well as the years following success. Hamilton places a great emphasis on the business side of Rackham's career, running through the adjenda of his life interspersed with contemporary reviews of his books and anecdotes of family life. So thorough is the accounting that the author even includes a fascinating appendix on Rackham's expenses and fees.
Where the book falls down is that it lacks as thorough a coverage of Rackham as an artist. Very little is mentioned of his techniques or his methods of working. Although the book is gloriously illustrated, rarely are Rackham's pictures analysed (for this the best discussion of Rackham's art still remains Fred Gettings 1975 biography).
One other rather niggling point, is although the book is full of Rackham's art, whenever possible Hamilton has chosen to make fresh reproductions taken directly from extant artwork. This proves to be a double-edged benefit, as we see the artwork as it is today, warts and all, which may not have been as it was originally intended. Notably some B/W illustrations were subsequently coloured by Rackham for exhibition sale after reproductions in books, nearly always to the detriment of the final image. Also the emphasis on using existing artwork means there are some major gaps in the pictures chosen for inclusion.
Nevertheless, these points aside, this has to be the most detailed work on Rackham and an essential addition to the library of any serious fan.
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I have always admired Arthur Rackhams work; although as a child I found his illustrations a little dark, but as an adult I now fully appreciate the skill and imagination that went into his work. This book is a delight. It is a quality publication with pages and pages of illustrations and each draws you into his magical world. There is also plenty to read.

This book will appeal to a wide range of people. It amazes me that Rackham produced a wealth of such beautiful work without the aid of cameras and computers. He was an artist in an age when good drawing skills were both taught and admired and he was extremely talented. This book is a fitting tribute to his work.

I bought this book from Amazon, and as usual it arrived in perfect condition and at a great price.
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I was really looking forward to receiving this book, and completely crestfallen when I opened it. The design and layout of the book are very pleasing, and the black and white pen-and-ink drawings have been artfully placed, but the quality of the colour images is so poor it ruins any enjoyment. All the pictures look yellow-brown - and while I am aware that many of Rackham's images were in large part brownish, they did also contain strong reds, blues, and the occasional purple. Here these colours have been washed out to the point of just fading into the general muddy impression. I compared this book with others just to be sure I hadn't made a mistake, and I hadn't. Perhaps the publisher will do a second run and choose a better printer next time.
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A large impressive book which admirably shows Arthur Rackham as a fine creator of beautifully detailed illustrations which I have long admired and this biography filled in a lot of gaps for me which helped me to understand this very talented man. The research that went into this book is exceptional. Rackham was a great influence on a great many people and his story deserves to be told and James Hamilton has done Rackham proud. I wish I had discovered it earlier
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What a beautiful book. Love it. Sadly haven't actually sat down to absorb and enjoy properly but I know I will asap. The other reviews influenced my choice and they were right, it's just great quality and such beautiful pictures - thoroughly recommend.
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I am a big Rackham fan so I'm biased but the quality of this book was really high. I have lots of books on Rackham and some editions of his work collected over the years. I didn't learn much that I didn't personally know but I thought the text was a good introduction. Some of his less familiar work shown as well as the progression through the years. Lots of books these days look like they were put together by committee from stock images at the orders of accountants. This really was well put together with a real sense of care. There aren't many modern books that feel so beautifully made - excellent
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