Gerald Metcalfe’s illustrated Coleridge


This angel figure appeared here just over a year ago in a selection from Modern Book Illustrators and Their Work (1914). Subsequent searching at the Internet Archive turned up a well-used copy of The Poems of Coleridge (1907) from which the drawing originates. Gerald Metcalfe (1894–1929), was a British artist whose ink renderings often resemble woodcut engravings. Some of the drawings seem a little perfunctory but he does a decent enough job with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem whose wealth of incident is more suited to illustration than many of Coleridge’s shorter pieces.



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Modern book illustrators, 1914


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Harry Clarke.

Some samples from a collection of mostly black-and-white drawing at the Internet Archive, Modern Book Illustrators and Their Work (1914), edited by C. Geoffrey Holme & Ernest G. Halton. This was an illustration review produced by The Studio magazine and in this edition happens to feature two pieces of work from Harry Clarke’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1913). Also at the Internet Archive is an earlier Studio publication, Modern Pen Drawings: European and American from 1901 from which I’ve selected Patten Wilson’s hyper-detailed rendering of Rustum and the Simoorg, a fantastic piece of work in every sense.


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Harry Clarke.


From The Poems of Coleridge by Gerald Metcalfe.


La Belle Dame sans Merci by Dorothy M. Payne.


Rustum and the Simoorg by Patten Wilson.

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Illustrating Poe #3: Harry Clarke
Strangest Genius: The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke’s stained glass
Harry Clarke’s The Year’s at the Spring
The art of Patten Wilson, 1868–1928
The art of Harry Clarke, 1889–1931