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Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  216 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The definitive and sumptuous biography of the one of the world's most collectible illustrators contains a richly detailed account of his life along with beautifully enchanting pictures.

Examining the work of the illustrator Arthur Rackham, this monograph traces his achievements throughout his illustrious career. Rackham's illustrations for such works as Alice in Wonderland,
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Pavilion (first published 1990)
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Arthur Rackham’s name may be one you are unfamiliar with but his work have certainly invaded your eyes on many occasions. From “Alice in Wonderland” to “Peter Pan” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Brothers Grimm; Rackham’s work is charming, whimsical, but also grotesque and fantastical. James Hamilton goes beyond the images to the man himself in “Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration”.

Mixing powerful writing with suitable praise, Hamilton truly opens up the life of Arthur Rackham. Begi
Feb 11, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2013-reads
For as long as I can remember, I've loved Arthur Rackham's illustrations. To me, he defined the world of faerie, in all its sometimes grotesque, otherworldly beauty.

Very interesting book covering Rackham's life, complete with tons of his illustrations and watercolors.

An amazing artist.
John Shelley
Jun 06, 2009 John Shelley rated it really liked it
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 ap ...more
May 22, 2012 Jaimie rated it it was amazing
I cannot imagine a more lush and complete chronicle of Rackham's life and art than this book. Hamilton carefully pairs the events of Rackham's life with his artistic developments, so that the narrative reads more like an artistic exploration than a biography - a positive effect in my opinion. At points, the text loops back on itself to re-discuss previous themes, but Hamilton does so in a way which ties the book neatly together rather than seeming repetitive. And then there's the illustrations. ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
I was a tad iffy about this book at first, mainly due to the fact I have seen so many book on Arthur Rackham before I wondered what could possibly be added to the already substantial collection. Turns out I was wrong for whatever doubt I had, if you are going to research this illustrator or just own one book about his work I would recommend only this book.

The printing of the book i cannot fault each image is beautifully presented and while I could have taken to some of the images being slightly
Elizabeth S
Oct 23, 2009 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Shelves: n-history, c-adult, n-nf, n-bio
5 stars for the art: This book contains a marvelous collection of Rackham's art. For this alone, the book is worth 5 stars.

3 stars for the text: The text is a detailed study of Rackham's life. It was very interesting, but perhaps too detailed for me. For example, frequently there are lists of "well-known" people, and I didn't recognize even one of them. I guess I don't know enough about the art world. :) I still enjoyed the book!
Julia Hendon
Dec 23, 2015 Julia Hendon rated it really liked it
The real delight are all the color illustrations of Rackham's work which will struck a chord with many from their childhood reading. Rackham seems to have lived a quiet life and this biography doesn't give much insight into his emotions. But this may be due to lack of sources.
Robert Seitz
Jul 21, 2013 Robert Seitz rated it really liked it
Despite coming from a different reality with fewer distractions, I could count on one hand artists I have met who worked as hard and. continuously as Rackham. It shows. His sympathy for the underdog and his private way of life are just as unsurprising.
Oct 22, 2007 Varmint rated it liked it
hamilton gives a richly detailed account of the artists life. ultimately i didn't care. i began to view the text as wasting space that could have been used for the illustrations.

it is a good way to see a range of rackhams work. many obscure drawings.
Alan Culler
Jan 05, 2008 Alan Culler rated it it was amazing
Once again, Thanks Patience & Steve.
Diane Lynn
Sep 05, 2014 Diane Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
A very good book on Arthur Rackham's life complete with tons of his illustrations. The expressions on the faces of the animals he has drawn are amazing.
Sarah Harkness
Dec 13, 2011 Sarah Harkness rated it liked it
Shelves: nelly
borrowed from Barnsley Library - I probably skim read the second half....
Feb 01, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
Just a beautiful, interesting book. Initially a library book loan, now a purchase because I can't put it down and dipping into Rackham's world.
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