Will Bradley’s Fringilla

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Title spread.

Like Marcus Behmer, another Beardsley follower from the Internet Archive, Will Bradley‘s work has been featured here before and should be familiar to anyone interested in illustrators of the 1890s. As well as being one of the great American illustrators, Bradley was also a very accomplished and successful practitioner of what we now call graphic design, and you see some of his design sensibility at work in these pages which illustrate RD Blackmore’s “tales in verse”, Fringilla (1895). The page borders are in the William Morris style which Beardsley imitated for Le Morte Darthur; Aubrey dropped this kind of heavy decoration when he moved to other books but Bradley made the borders his own for a while, using them in unlikely places such as adverts for that new-fangled transport device, the bicycle.

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Pausias and Glycera.

The Internet Archive also has A Booklet of Designs by Bradley, a collection of motifs and very cartoony advertising illustrations from 1914. As art it’s a lot less worthwhile than Frangilla but for anyone interested in early design methods it’s worth a look for the insight it offers into how things were done in the days of scissors and paste.

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Kadisha.

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Bradley does Beardsley

The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958

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Salomé: Der Wunsch.

Back in March I wrote something about Alex Koch’s art periodical, Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, a guide to German arts, crafts and architecture founded in Darmstadt in 1897. The Internet Archive has a nearly complete run of these and I’ve recently been working my way through their scans, a process which takes a while as there’s more than 10,000 pages to be looked at. When I find the time I’ll be posting some of the finds from this wonderful publication, the early issues of which are devoted to the best examples of the Art Nouveau style in Germany and elsewhere.

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Salomé: Die Erfüllung.

For now, however, I can’t resist posting these pictures from volume 18 (April–Spetember 1906) which form part of a feature about German illustrator Marcus Behmer. I’ve only seen one or two of Behmer’s drawings before and they didn’t really show him at his best. What’s immediately apparent is the great debt his work owed at this point to Aubrey Beardsley, right down to the treatment of foliage and a deliberately grotesque approach to character. It’s also good to find another treatment of the Salomé theme in black-and-white, and the pictures here are credited as being based on Wilde’s play.

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Salomé: Das Opfer.

Wikipedia has a page about the artist but it’s all in German, unfortunately, so a crude translation has to suffice. As with Beardsley, the grotesquerie extended to the sexual sphere and it would be nice to know more about the byways of Behmer’s career if only to see where his curious erotic drawings pieces come from. Wikipedia notes that “Behmer was already since 1903 member in the first homosexual organization of the world in Berlin” so I assume that means he was part of Adolf Brand’s circle, and may have contributed to Brand’s publication Der Eigene. A few examples of the erotic work can be found here and here. Further examples from Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration follow.
Continue reading “The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958”

The gay artists archive

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Previous posts about gay or homoerotic art or artists. A personal and idiosyncratic selection, this isn’t meant to be definitive.

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The art of Shinji Horimura

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Tom’s World

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Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

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The art of Antoon van Welie, 1866–1956

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The art of Paul Thévenaz, 1891–1921

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The art of Peter Knoch

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The art of Tatsuji Okawa, 1904–1994

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The art of Willem Arondeus, 1894–1943

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The art of Nicholas Tolmachev

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The art of David Haines

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A Q&A with artist Mel Odom

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Homosurrealism

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In Homage to Priapus

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Querelle de Brest

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Fast Friends

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The art of Jean Boullet, 1921–1970

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Tom of Finland redesigned

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May Wilson’s Snowflakes

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Tom of Finland postage stamps

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The art of Robert W. Richards

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The art of Sidney Hunt, 1896–1940

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Ignacio Goitia interviewed

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Andrey Avinoff revisited

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Fetish photographer Rick Castro

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Keep Your Timber Limber

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The art of Naomichi Okutsu

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The art of Konstantin Somov, 1869–1939

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The art of Seiji Inagaki

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Claudio Bravo’s packages

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Gekko Hayashi revisited

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The art of George Stavrinos, 1948–1990

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The art of Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, 1884–1965

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The art of Gregorio Prieto, 1897–1992

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The art of Guido Reni, 1575–1642

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The art of Michael Leonard

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The art of Ismael Álvarez

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Muto Manifesto, volume 7

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Cum In Your Eye by Scott La Force

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Be prepared

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The art of Xiyadie

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Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen revisited

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Gay octopus sex

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The art of Hyeyeol

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Richard Bruce Nugent’s Salomé

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The art of Elmgreen and Dragset

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Elie Grekoff’s Tirésias

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The art of Rob Clarke

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Japanese gay art

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The art of Mel Odom

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The Classical alibi in physique photography

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Ed Wood’s Sleaze Paperbacks

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Looking for the Wild Boys

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Seminal art and design

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The art of Ludwig von Hofmann, 1861–1945

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Muto: The Exterface Manifesto

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Carl Corley

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Phallic casts

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Lonesome Cowboys

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Jean Genet… ‘The Courtesy of Objects’

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Loving Boys by Christian Schad

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Saint Genet

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Le Baiser de Narcisse

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Philippe Jullian, connoisseur of the exotic

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The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958

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Richard de Chazal’s Zodiac

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Wildeana #3

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Der Eigene: Kultur und Homosexualität

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The art of Ignacio Goitia

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Gekko Hayashi: homoerotics and monsters

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The Lady Is Dead and The Irrepressibles

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The fetish art of Taylor Buck

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The art of Ben Kimura

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The art of Dmitry Dmitriev

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Sanctuarium Artis Elisarion

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The recurrent pose #32

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Le livre blanc by Jean Cocteau

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Michelangelo’s Dream

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Sherbet and Sodomy

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The art of Yannis Tsarouchis, 1910–1989

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Ecce homo

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Joseph Cavalieri’s stained glass

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Eros: From Hesiod’s Theogony to Late Antiquity

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The end of Orpheus

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The art of Robert Sherer

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The art of Goh Mishima, 1924–1989

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The art of Benoit Prévot

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The art of Robert R Bliss, 1925–1981

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The art of Oliver Frey

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The Great God Pan

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Jerry by Paul Cadmus

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The art of Ralf Paschke

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The recurrent pose #26

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The art of Anthony Goicolea

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The art of Philip Shadbolt

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The art of Patrick Gerbier

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The art of Paul Richmond

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The art of Hideki Koh

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The art of Cody Furguson

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Colin Corbett’s decorated jockstraps

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Fizeek Art

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Let’s get physical: Bruce of Los Angeles and Tom of Finland

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Secret Lives of the Samurai

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The art of Cuauhtémoc Rodríguez

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Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray

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IKO stained glass

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The art of Nebojsa Zdravkovic

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The art of Jason Driskill

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William Rimmer’s Evening Swan Song

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The art of Norbert Bisky

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The art of Joan Sasgar

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Happy birthday Henry

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Phallic worship

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Saint Sebastian in NYC

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Mark Beard’s artistic circle

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Czanara: The Art & Photographs of Raymond Carrance

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The art of Scott Treleaven

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Reflections of Narcissus

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Narcissus

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Guido Reni’s Saint Sebastian

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The art of Sascha Schneider, 1870–1927

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Anthony Gayton’s Fall

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Hadrian and Greek love

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The art of Sadao Hasegawa, 1945–1999

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Cain’s son: the incarnations of Grendel

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The art of Hernan Gimenez

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AVAF at Mao Mag

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The art of Matthew Stradling

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Men with snakes

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Felix D’Eon

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Obverse Paintings by Fred Chuang

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Les Farfadais

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The art of Takato Yamamoto

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The art of NoBeast

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The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949

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The art of Jacques Sultana

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Toxicboy

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The South Bank Show: Francis Bacon

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The art of Lucio Bubacco

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The Male Gaze

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The art of ejaculation

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Philip Core and George Quaintance

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The Budweiser Ganymede

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Czanara’s Hermaphrodite Angel

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The art of Giulio Aristide Sartorio, 1860–1932

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The art of Robert Flynt

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February boy

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The art of Peter Colstee

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Images of Nijinsky

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Michael Petry’s flag

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Angels 6: Paradise stands in the shadow of swords

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Angels 3: A diversion

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Angels 1: The Angel of History and sensual metaphysics

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The art of Hubert Stowitts, 1892–1953

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The art of Bill Travis

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Jean-Frédéric Bazille’s swimmers

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The art of Paul Cadmus, 1904–1999

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The Cult of Antinous

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Army Day

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Super-objects!

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View: The Modern Magazine

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Michelangelo revisited

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The art of Thomas Eakins, 1844–1916

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The male nude in art

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Gay book covers

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Marcello Dudovich

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Evolution of an icon

More archive pages:
The archive page archive

The illustrators archive

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Previous posts about illustrators.

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ER Herman’s Fables

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Sculptured Melodies by Mera Sett

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André Castaigne’s Phantom of the Opera

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The Romance of Perfume

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Claude Shepperson’s First Men in the Moon

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Oesterreichische Monatsbilder

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Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

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James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art

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The artists of Future Life

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Albert Robida’s Contes Drolatiques

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Gustave Doré’s Contes Drolatiques

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Émile Bayard’s Histoire de la Magie

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The art of Rafael Romero Calvet, 1885–1925

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John Aarts’ Lucifer

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The Work of Walter Crane

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The art of John Thompson

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Arthur Zaidenberg’s À Rebours revisited

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Die Buecher der Chronika der drei Schwestern

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Die Arbeit des Todes by Ferdinand Barth

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The Eerie Book

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Fritz Eichenberg’s illustrated Poe

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The psychedelic art of Nicole Claveloux

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Everyman and Other Plays by John Austen

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Edmund Dulac’s Tanglewood Tales

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Edmund Dulac’s Tempest

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Italian villas and their gardens

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De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s The Ancestress

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John Batten’s Indian Fairy Tales

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The art of Erhard Amadeus Dier, 1893–1969

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Ghostly Ballads

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The art of Alan Odle, 1888–1948

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Harry Clarke and others in The Studio

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The art of Karel Thole, 1914–2000

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Célio’s Les Amis du Crime

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Seeing Calvino: Invisible Cities

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Gérard Trignac’s Invisible Cities

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Colleen Corradi Brannigan’s Invisible Cities

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Le Città In/visibili

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Mikhail Viesel’s Invisible Cities

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After Beardsley by Ryan Cho

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Laurence Housman’s The Sensitive Plant

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Laurence Housman’s End of Elfintown

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The Reflected Faun

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Aubrey Beardsley’s Keynotes

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Lucian’s True History

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Jo Daemen’s The Sacred Flame

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John Yunge-Bateman’s King Lear

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Walter Crane’s Picture Books

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Gustave Doré’s Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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Edmund Dulac’s Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales

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Harry Clarke’s Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

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A Q&A with artist Mel Odom

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John Austen’s Tales of Passed Times

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Kay Nielsen’s Grimm Fairy Tales

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The art of Theodor Kittelsen, 1857–1914

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John Bauer’s Godsaga

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William Heath Robinson’s Rabelais

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The Talking Thrush and Other Tales of India

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Jean de Bosschère’s The City Curious

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Willy Pogány’s Rubáiyát

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Elihu Vedder’s Rubáiyát

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Edmund J. Sullivan’s Sintram and His Companions

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Edmund J. Sullivan’s Rubáiyát

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John Austen’s Little Ape

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The art of John Jack Vrieslander, 1879–1957

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Albert Weisgerber’s Grimm Fairy Tales

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Knapp’s Egypt

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The occult Knapp

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Etidorhpa by John Uri Lloyd

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Ivan Bilibin’s Russian Wonder Tales

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The art of Toshiaki Kato

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George Barbier’s Mirages

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The Scottish Fairy Book

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Jacques Houplain’s Maldoror

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Pierre-Yves Trémois’s Fleur du Mal

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Victor Delhez’s Fleurs du Mal

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Raphaël Drouart’s Fleurs du Mal

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Tony George-Roux’s Fleurs du Mal

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Percy Walter Wolff’s Die Vorhölle

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The Voyage of the Pequod

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Lovecraft: Démons et Merveilles

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William Strang’s Baron Munchausen

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RS Sherriffs’ Tamburlaine the Great

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Paul Konewka’s Faust

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Maximin: ein Gedenkbuch by Stefan George

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Antony Little’s echoes of Aubrey

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Lynd Ward’s Frankenstein

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The Angel of the Revolution

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s Moral Emblems

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Harry Willock book covers

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Raphaël Freida’s Torture Garden

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The art of A. Reinheimer

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s illustrated Poe

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John Batten’s Celtic fairy tales

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John Batten’s English fairy tales

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John Batten’s Book of Wonder Voyages

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Tenniel’s Fables

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A Book of Old English Ballads

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Bird Gods

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John Austen’s Hamlet

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Petruccelli at Fortune

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Fortune illustrators

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Fortune in June

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Palladini’s Aquarian Tarot

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The art of Ted Coconis

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Dream Boats and Other Stories by Dugald Stewart Walker

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Joseph Southall’s Bluebeard

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Ezio Anichini postcards

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Julius Klinger’s Sodom

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René Bull’s Rubáiyát

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Rackham silhouettes

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Pamela Colman Smith’s Annancy Stories

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The art of Henri Caruchet

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George Barbier’s Falbalas et Fanfreluches

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The Time Machine

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Walter Crane’s Household Stories

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Harry Clarke in colour

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Tentacles #3: Dwellers in the Mirage

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Tentacles #1: The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig’

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The Story of Rustem and Other Persian Hero Tales

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A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

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More from the Decadent Dutch

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Ephraim Moses Lilien’s Lieder des Ghetto

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Further echoes of Aubrey

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A Trip to Mars

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The End of Books, 1894

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Le Vingtième Siècle by Albert Robida

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La Vie Électrique by Albert Robida

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Green Pipes: Poems and Pictures

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Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale’s illustrated Tennyson

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Byam Shaw’s Garden of Kama

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Leo Dillon, 1933–2012

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Maurice Sendak, 1928–2012

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Die Entwicklung der modernen Buchkunst in Deutschland

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David Chestnutt’s psychedelic fairy tales

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Maxwell Armfield’s Faery Tales

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The Tinderbox

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Jean de Bosschère’s Folk Tales of Flanders

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Notor’s Lysistrata

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Henry Keen’s illustrated Webster

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Vathek illustrated

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Erotic bookplates by Franz von Bayros

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Magritte’s Maldoror

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Elie Grekoff’s Tirésias

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Vaslav Nijinsky by Paul Iribe

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The art of Ronald Searle, 1920–2012

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Harry Clarke and the Elixir of Life

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Gustave Doré’s Ancient Mariner

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Joseph Noel Paton’s Ancient Mariner

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Patten Wilson’s illustrated Coleridge

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Gerald Metcalfe’s illustrated Coleridge

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Pogány’s Turkish fairy tales

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Edward Gorey book covers

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A Wilde Night

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Will Bradley posters

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Maxfield Parrish’s Arabian Nights

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Kay Nielsen’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon

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The fantastic and apocalyptic art of Bruce Pennington

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Detmold’s insects

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The Worlds of Mervyn Peake

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The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm

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Franz Stassen’s illustrated Hoffmann

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Valenti Angelo’s Salomé

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Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1944–2011

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The Art of the Book

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Robert Anning Bell’s Herodias

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The art of Kozma Lajos, 1884–1948

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Sibilla by Giulio Aristide Sartorio

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Thomas Mackenzie’s Aladdin

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Die Andere Seite by Alfred Kubin

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The art of Mario Laboccetta

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #10: Heinrich Vogeler

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À Rebours illustrated

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Alastair’s Carmen

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“Who is this who is coming?”

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The Snow Queen

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Cardwell Higgins versus Harry Clarke

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Modern book illustrators, 1914

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Philippe Jullian, connoisseur of the exotic

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Illustrating Poe #5: Among the others

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Illustrating Poe #4: Wilfried Sätty

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Illustrating Poe #3: Harry Clarke

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Illustrating Poe #2: William Heath Robinson

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Illustrating Poe #1: Aubrey Beardsley

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Will Bradley’s Fringilla

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The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958

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Charles Robinson’s King Longbeard

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The Tempest illustrated

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Haschisch Hallucinations by HE Gowers

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The art of Ephraim Moses Lilien, 1874–1925

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Beardsley’s Rape of the Lock

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The art of scent revisited

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Vintage eye candy

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Tranquillo Marangoni bookplates

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Owen Wood’s Zodiac

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Palladini’s Zodiac

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Druillet’s vampires

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Book-plates of To-day

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The art of Ray Frederick Coyle, 1885–1924

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The art of Anton Pieck, 1895–1987

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Julius Klinger’s Salomé

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John Vassos’s Salomé

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René Bull’s Salomé

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The Sapphire Museum of Magic and Occultism

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Frank Frazetta, 1928–2010

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Pamela Colman Smith’s Russian Ballet

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Salammbô illustrated

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Jugend, 1900

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Louis Rhead bookplates

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Pratt Libraries Ex Libris Collection

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More decorated books from the Netherlands

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Manuel Orazi’s Salomé

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Jugend, 1899

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Robert Anning Bell’s Tempest

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Jugend, 1898

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Dugald Stewart Walker revisited

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The Savoy magazine

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Frans De Geetere’s illustrated Maldoror

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Jugend, 1897

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The art of Melchior Lechter, 1865–1937

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Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration

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Jugend, 1896

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Keim & Czeschka’s Nibelungen

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Les Papillons, métamorphoses terrestres des peuples de l’air

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Jugend Magazine revisited

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Heinrich Vogeler’s illustrated Wilde

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Peter Edwards times two

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Sinister silhouettes

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More science fiction covers

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The art of Ivan Bilibin, 1876–1942

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Ronald Balfour’s Rubáiyát

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Dalí in Wonderland

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The Evil Orchid Bookplate Contest

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Der Orchideengarten illustrated

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Equus and the Executionist

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Mervyn Peake at Maison d’Ailleurs

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Charles Robinson’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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The art of Raphaël Freida

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The art of Bertha Lum, 1869–1954

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The art of George Barbier, 1882–1932

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The art of Warwick Goble, 1862–1943

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Steinlen’s cats

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Science fiction and fantasy covers

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Willy Pogány’s Lohengrin

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Charles Ricketts’ Hero and Leander

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The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951

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Der Orchideengarten

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The art of Ed Emshwiller, 1925–1990

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Harry Clarke’s stained glass

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Henry Keen’s Dorian Gray

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Peake’s Pan

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Pite’s West End folly

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Gandharva by Beaver & Krause

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The White Peacock

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Einar Nerman

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More Arabian Nights

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Edward William Lane’s Arabian Nights Entertainments

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John Bickham’s Fables and other short poems

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Butterfly women

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Jugend Magazine

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The art of Maxwell Armfield, 1881–1972

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Buccaneers #1

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The art of Claude Fayette Bragdon, 1866–1946

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The art of Dugald Stewart Walker, 1883–1937

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Jim Cawthorn, 1929–2008

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December and Vernon Hill

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Guy Peellaert, 1934–2008

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Last in Line by Light Syndicate

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Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

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Peacocks

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The art of John Hurford

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La belle sans nom

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Alan Aldridge: The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes

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The art of Pierre Clayette, 1930–2005

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Ronald Searle book covers

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Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein

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Aubrey Beardsley’s musical afterlife

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The faces of Parsifal

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Willy Pogány’s Parsifal

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The art of Mahlon Blaine, 1894–1969

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Pauline Baynes, 1922–2008

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Arthur Zaidenberg’s À Rebours

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San Francisco angels

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Maldoror illustrated

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The monstrous tome

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Aubrey by John Selwyn Gilbert

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The art of Virginia Frances Sterrett, 1900–1933

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The art of Ian Miller

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Dorothy Lathrop’s Three Mulla-mulgars

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Franklin Booth’s Flying Islands

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The art of Boris Artzybasheff, 1899–1965

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Meggendorfer’s Blatter

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Carlos Schwabe’s Fleurs du Mal

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Sidney Sime and Lord Dunsany

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Ballantine Adult Fantasy covers

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The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937

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William Heath Robinson’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

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William Heath Robinson’s illustrated Poe

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Austin Spare’s Behind the Veil

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Jessie M King’s Grey City of the North

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Harry Clarke’s The Year’s at the Spring

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The art of Sascha Schneider, 1870–1927

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Dorian Gray revisited

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William Blake in Manchester

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Mervyn Peake in Lilliput

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Beardsley’s Salomé

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Clark Ashton Smith book covers

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Hugh Ferriss and The Metropolis of Tomorrow

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Petrucelli’s Christmas

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The art of Stella Langdale, 1880–1976

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The Age of Enchantment: Beardsley, Dulac and their Contemporaries

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The poster art of Richard Amsel

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Family Dog postcards

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Cain’s son: the incarnations of Grendel

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“Weirdsley Daubery”: Beardsley and Punch

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Winsor McCay’s Hippodrome souvenirs

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The art of Jessie M King, 1875–1949

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Lussuria, Invidia, Superbia

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The art of George Sheringham, 1884–1937

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Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Golem

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The art of John Bauer, 1882–1918

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Gods’ Man by Lynd Ward

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The art of Bob Pepper

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Architectural renderings by HW Brewer

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The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949

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Howard Pyle’s pirates

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The art of John Austen, 1886–1948

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The art of Patten Wilson, 1868–1928

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Fantastic art from Pan Books

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The poster art of Bob Peak

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The Illustrators of Alice

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Revenant volumes: Bob Haberfield, New Worlds and others

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Fantazius Mallare and the Kingdom of Evil

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HP Lovecraft’s favourite artists

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The Decorative Age

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The art of Erik Desmazières

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Images of Nijinsky

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The World in 2030

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Wladyslaw Benda

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The art of Virgil Finlay, 1914–1971

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The art of Harry Clarke, 1889–1931

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