A wonderful illustration by John R. Neill (1877-1943) for Treasure Island. Neill was a magazine and children’s book illustrator, mostly known for his ‘Land of Oz’ series (remember The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?).
Treasure Island is a classic adventure novel by Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in 1881, but set in the mid 1700s (a few decades before the setting of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels). It’s one of those books that used to be described as a ‘thumping good yarn’ – now publishers would probably call it ‘an engaging page-turner’.
Adventure on the high seas and a quest for pirate treasure, with colourful characters in an exotic setting. What more could you ask for?
An extraordinary illustration (1916) by Frank C. Papé (1878-1972) from The Russian Story Book [author, Richard Wilson]
A book that might be classified under the fairy tale/folklore heading. I won’t try and guess exactly what is going on – but those birds look hungry.
Some of the books that had a heavy contribution from Frank Papé.
- The Gateway to Spenser – Stories from the Faërie Queen (1910);
- The Pilgrim’s Progress (1910);
- The Golden Fairy Book (1911);
- The Ruby Fairy Book (1911);
- The Diamond Fairy Book (1911);
- Sigurd and Gudrun (1912);
- Siegfried and Kriemhild (1912);
- The Book of Psalms (1912);
- As It Is In Heaven (1912);
- The Story Without an End (1913);
- Robin Hood and Other Stories of Yorkshire (1915); and
- The Russian Story Book (1916).
After an Entomological Sale (1878) by Edward Armitage (English, 1817-1896). “What is entomology?” I hear you ask. The branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects/bugs. A lovely scene, wish I had been there.
Taken from Stories Of King Arthur [Retold by Blanche Winder, 1968]. Illustration by Harry G. Theaker.
One day as he worked in his garden, Joseph of Arimathea was visited by a beautiful Spirit, who told him he must take the Holy Grail to a distant country, called West-Over-The-Sea, (Britain) to a place called Glastonbury.
A wonderful modern redesign of a poster from a classic movie – The Wicker Man (1973). One of my all-time favourite films. Illustration by Slippery_Jack
From the Depths (1906) by William Balfour-Ker (1877-1918). Socialist artist and illustrator. Born in Ontario, Canada, died in New York, USA.
The Evening (1899) by Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1954).
But who is the shadowy male figure? Any ideas? I think it is her deceased husband, he seems to be dressed in clothes from an earlier period. It is The Evening of her life and soon they will be reunited. Only my guess though.