January 16, 2013


Dear readers, I am participating in Alphabe-Thursday where ‘I’ is for ILLUSTRATIONS …

Ever been fascinated by illustrations of famous books? Here are just a few:

1. Arthur Rackham – Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood (above)

 2. Beatrix Potter – Tale of Samuel Whiskers (below)
3. Walter Trier – Emil & The Detectives
4. John Tenniel – Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland

5. Robert White – John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

6. Hogarth – Lawrence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy

And an original artwork pencil drawing from Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' 
movie from 1937: 

And a self-illustration…!

Do tell me! And do check out other posts - Alphabe-Thursday  @ Jenny Matlock, Ruby Tuesday & Rednesday!
And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who have visited or commented. 
Have a great weekend!
Enjoy and see you next time,


Tina´s PicStory said...

a really wonderful and inspiring I :)

craftyles said...

I love illustrations and some of these are amazing!Love the Beatrix Potter.

Z said...

Lovely - how about EH Shepard's drawings of Winnie the Pooh, too?

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful post and illustrations for I ~

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Diann said...

I love seeing old vintage illustrations. They used to be little mini works of art!

Sue said...

I love good illustrations! Yours included, by the way...


Esther Joy said...

"Illustrations" - what a great I word! and interesting illustrations to go with it!

4kids, 2 guinea pigs, 1 happy family said...

Great illustrations. I've just been telling the snow white story to my daughter at bedtime.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I've always loved the Beatrix Potter illustrations....

Tracy said...

Can't beat Beatrix potter in my opinion. Fab post

Erika said...

I'm with Z - definitely EH Shephard's drawings for Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin!

Also Edmund Dulac - fairy tales and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khyham (sp?)

Hugh Lofting's drawings for Doctor Dolittle

Norman Lindsay's drawings for ANY of his books, but most famously The Magic Pudding

May Gibbs for Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Ida Outhwaite Rentoul for the Flower Fairies

Dr Seuss!

Illustrations can be photos as well - how about Paul Gallico's Silent Miaow.

Ronald Searle - Molesworth & St Trinian's books

Anne & Janet Grahame Johnstone's sets of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. We had The Yeoman of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore.

Aubrey Beardsley's drawings for Oscar Wilde's Salome.

and I should probably stop now and actually do some work....

wonderful topic!

Scudds Harrison said...

These are very stunning illustrations as I love anything vintage. Your self illustration is cute, too. :)


Anonymous said...

Lovely ... I love book illustrations and enjoyed yours

Jim said...

Hi Nora~~Great "I" word.

You have found some really neat illustrations. I have always liked the 'Little Red Riding Hood' with it's old illustrations.

Been traveling again,

Pondside said...

I remember some of these - lovely. Some of my favourites are by Jessie Wilcox Smith - The Water Babies.

jfb57 said...

Thank you for a trip down memory lane!

Jesh St Germain said...

As a child a bible with illustrations of Dore was my prized possession - no wonder I took up sketching when I was 12!

Pamela said...

Oh how i LOVE illustrations from famous (and even not so famous) books!! I collect picture books and often it is the illustrations that have drawn me to a particular one. A modern picture book with amazing illustrations I can think of is The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan - his artwork is amazing. As a kid though I used to love the illustrations in those little ladybird readers :) Great post!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

Love the new look to your blog with the background of wonderful books.
Great post and I love all the illustrations - your self one is great.
Beatrix Potter has always been a favourite of mine and Grimm's Fairy tales were always scary but great.
Thanks for the offer of some water - the tanker delivered a load this morning.
Enjoy the weekend

MaiThreeBoyz said...

Oh, this brings back memories of my childhood days where my favorite books to read in the local library are those of Beatrix Potter. Thanks for sharing this.

sorry for visiting so late. catching up on Ruby Tuesday linkies.

Jeanne Pursell said...

I always loved Beatrix Potter!! Hope all is well with you guys! Xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The wolf confronting Little Red Riding Hood looks absolutely ferocious!

Dublin Street Scene

HansHB said...

Nice post for the theme!

Ralph said...

We like Beatrix Potter - still have the Royal Doulton Bunnykins baby food bowls from when our babes were babies and porcelain characters. Always a favorite set of characters.

The self portrait character looks a bit frazzled here!

Sleepshort Tripod said...

Lovely post, and a lovely bichon too

Liza said...

Beautiful images.

My entries:
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Liz (mot)

Chubskulit Rose said...

LOvely illustrations!

Catching up with Ruby Tuesday.

Jenny said...

Just interesting illustrations!

I love the intense design element of the illustrations in old books.

I always wish I had a space so I could frame them and use them as art.

Thanks for linking.