Arthur Rackham's magical illustrations for such works such as Rip Van Winkle, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer's Night Dream have attained the classic status of the writings themselves - indeed, in come cases, they have become synonymous with them. Rackham himself, however, has remained a shadowy figure, half-glimpsed and as elusive as the fairies and gnomes who inhabit many of his pictures. This monograph traces the achievements of this world renowned illustrator.
In order to achieve results that are precisely faithful to Rackham's intentions, the numerous illustrations in colour and black and white have been largely reproduced from original works in international public and private collections. These superbly reproduced images combined with James Hamilton's engaging and informative text make this the definitive book on one of the world's most eternally popular artists.