The art of Jessie M King, 1875–1949


The Fisherman and His Soul : Her Feet were Naked
from A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde, 1915.

A delicate piece of Orientalism illustrating Wilde’s book of fairy tales. Jessie Marion King’s work is a fascinating amalgam of the decorative post-Beardsley style exemplified by Harry Clarke and the Glasgow Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Arts and Crafts movement. It’s unfortunate that her associations with Mackintosh sometimes overshadow her career as an illustrator despite her being as talented and productive as many of her male contemporaries.

The rest of the Wilde illustrations can be seen at Art Passions along with a number of other works.

Jessie M King biography page

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4 thoughts on “The art of Jessie M King, 1875–1949”

  1. Ooh, thanks for turning me on to another someone I was unfamiliar with, but whose work I now adore! That’s why I started visiting your page to begin with. YAY!

  2. Heh, my pleasure. Her work is wonderful, isn’t it, especially the early fine-line style she used.

    BTW, no idea why the silly spam filter wanted to hold your comment. It usually works by giving more preference to those who’ve posted before.

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