The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes 'A Spark of Genius' 1832-1915.

New Castle; Pinner, Middlesex: Oak Knoll Press; Private Libraries, 2016,

First Edition. quarto, cloth in dust jacket. 328 pp. Oak Knoll Press; Private Libraries, New. Item #25998

The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes is the first detailed account of the work of this somewhat neglected Pre-Raphaelite artist between 1855 and 1913. Many of his books were intended for children, including such classics as At the Back of the North Wind and The Princess and the Goblin, first published by Alexander Strahan in Good Words for the Young, 1869-71. Designs by Arthur Hughes for Christina Rossettis Sing-Song and Speaking Likenesses were notable for their witty accompaniment to her poetry and prose, matching the curiosity of texts created to amuse (or terrify) Victorian and Edwardian children. The book is fully illustrated in black and white and includes an eight page color section. Appendices include a checklist of the books and periodicals, with a supporting bibliography and extensive notes. In all an invaluable account of the illustrative work of a Pre-Raphaelite artist so long undervalued by collectors. New.

Price: $75.00