Illustrated Books

I have a great appreciation for books with illustrations. To this day, I can’t think of Treasure Island without seeing the great Frank Godwin drawings that were in the copy I had as a child. Here are a few examples of work by great illustrators from the Denton Public Library’s collection.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) is probably best known for his illustrations for Treasure Island and Robin Hood (and as the father of painter Andrew Wyeth.) The illustration below is from an edition of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle available at the South Branch Library. (An edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island with Wyeth’s illustrations is available at the Emily Fowler Central Library.)

Rip Van Winlke

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an adventurer, illustrator and writer. His illustrations for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick are great examples of his distinctive style. The Modern Library edition of Moby Dick which contains these illustrations is available at the South Branch Library.

This image is from www.wadsworth.org, the website of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image is from http://www.wadsworth.org, the website of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Ralph Steadman (1936- ) is best known for his iconic drawings for Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He has also provided illustrations for editions of several classic novels. An edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with Steadman’s drawings is available at the North Branch Library.

Animal Farm

Image originally posted at http://www.braindroppings.org

Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was one of the most popular artists of the first half of the twentieth century. In the early part of his long career, he provided illustrations for numerous books, magazines and advertisements. The illustration below is from The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales which is available at the South Branch Library.

Arabian Nights

-Stacy

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