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