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RS Sherriffs’ Tamburlaine the Great

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I would have posted this by now if it hadn’t been for the recent unpleasantness. Robert Stewart Sherriffs (1906-60) was a Scottish artist who I confess I hadn’t come across before until Nick H (thanks, Nick!) drew my attention to this book on a well-known auction site. Sherriffs’ illustrated edtion of The Life and Death of Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe was published in a limited edition in 1930.

The drawings are black-and-white throughout, and of such a quality you have to wonder why Dover or someone hasn’t done a reprint. The general approach owes much to the usual suspects, notably Aubrey Beardsley and Harry Clarke, but there’s a development of these earlier styles that you also find in the work of Ray Frederick Coyle and Beresford Egan. In addition to the full-page plates Sherriffs also provided a number of insect vignettes, the last of which is a Death’s-head Hawkmoth.

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  1. #1 posted by chazza

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    More akin to the work of the American illustrator Wallace Smith, I think.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Yes, I was reminded of Smith too. I wrote about Fantazius Mallare a while back:

    http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2007/01/31/fantazius-mallare-and-the-kingdom-of-evil/

  3. #3 posted by herr doktor bimler

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    Someone needs to send those to Michael Moorcock as illustrations for a novel he hasn’t written yet.

 




 

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