Rackham’s talent was encouraged in his childhood, and he considered his first paintbox to be his “modest silent convenient companion.”  He began working as an illustrator in 1892, and rapidly became popular among both publishers and readers.   His early work resembles woodcuts; as print technology improved, his lines and details became sharper and more intense.

James Stephens. Irish Fairy Tales. New York: MacMillan Co., 1920.

Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes.  New York: Century Co., 1913.

Lewis Carroll.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. London: W. Heinemann, [1907].

Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940.

The Brothers Grimm.  Little Brother and Little Sister.  New York: Dodd, Mead, 1917.

Robert Browning. The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Co., [1934].

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