Arthur Rackham collection

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Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
Call Number
FLP.RBD.RACKHAM
Creator
Free Library of Philadelphia.
Title
Arthur Rackham collection
Date [bulk]
1890-1938
Date [inclusive]
1831-1996
Extent
20.19 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of material created by or about the children’s illustrator Arthur Rackham. It consists of correspondence, original artwork, and ephemera collected by the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Arthur Rackham collection, 1831-1996 (bulk 1890-1938), Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department.

Arthur Rackham was born September 19, 1867 in London. He was considered an extremely versatile artist, providing illustrations for more than sixty-five works from authors as diverse as William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allen Poe.

His father, Alfred Rackham, was an admiralty marshal at the Ecclesiastical and Admiralty Courts. He worked in government all of his life and impressed on his children the importance of financial security. Arthur’s mother, Annie, was from a family of lace manufacturers. Arthur was the fourth of twelve children and one of the few to survive to adulthood. As a teenager he was sickly and his parents decided to send him on a sea voyage to Australia as a remedy. During this trip he kept a detailed notebook and painted two dozen landscape watercolors. This was the first time he was able to concentrate on his artwork without pressure from school or his younger siblings.

On his return from Australia, at sixteen, he took a job as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office as a means of paying for art classes and his share of the Rackham household. At this time he enrolled himself in night classes at the Lambeth School of Art. While working as a clerk he submitted drawings to different magazines. He was first published in Scraps and Illustrated Bits. In 1892 he quit his job at the insurance office and began working full-time for the Pall Mall Budget as a staff illustrator. While working at the Pall Mall Budget he covered the music hall, light opera, and an interesting Votes for Women meeting where he illustrated a fight that had broken out between the two sides. He then quickly moved to the Westminster Budget covering the same kind of events. Arthur Rackham commented that this was the worst period of his life where he often did work he did not like. It was also apparent to him that the “camera was largely going to supplant the artist in illustrated journalism” and his “prospects were not encouraging.”

He received his first commission to illustrate a book in 1893 with a travelogue of the United States and Canada titled To the Other Side. He quickly received other commissions and illustrated his first children’s book in 1897, The Zankwank and the Bletherwitch by S. J. Adair Fitzgerald. From this time until 1900 he completed illustrations for Tales from Shakespeare (1899), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1900), and Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1900). His illustrations for Fairy Tales were exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society in 1902 to critical acclaim. He published his most successful books over the next few years. These included Rip Van Winkle (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1907). For each of these publications his illustrations were exhibited before they were published, helping the sales of the books. He found success illustrating expensively produced gift books up until the First World War.

After the war, demand for expensive books declined greatly and in 1920 he expanded into the American market. He received almost three thousand pounds from one exhibition in New York. He also published three books solely for the American market. From 1922 to 1925, he also completed thirty drawings for the Colgate Company advertising Cashmere Bouquet Soap.

By the 1930s he was still producing some gift books but was completing numerous other works. Some of these include The Night Before Christmas (1931), Fairy Tales by Hans Anderson (1932), The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book (1933), and Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1935). In the late 1930s he was diagnosed with cancer and his health deteriorated rapidly. His last work was The Wind in the Willows, which was published posthumously in 1940. He died on September 6, 1939.

Bibliography

“Arousing Delight: Arthur Rackham, Artist and Illustrator,” Clarke Historical Library, accessed December 13, 2011, http://clarke.cmich.edu/resource_tab/information_and_exhibits/arousing_delight/arousing_delight_index.html.

Children’s Literature Review, vol. 57.

Hamilton, James. Arthur Rackham. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1990.

This collection contains correspondence, original artwork, and ephemera by or relating to the illustrator Arthur Rackham. The collection is divided into four parts, Correspondence, Artwork, Ephemera, and Post-lifetime ephemera. The material dates from 1831 to 1996, but the bulk of the material is from 1890 to 1938. The collection includes examples of his work from his first publication, To the Other Side, until the end of his career.

The majority of the correspondence is written by Arthur Rackham, with one letter written by his wife Edyth. Artwork and ephemera make up the bulk of the collection. The artwork consists of original artwork for the many works he illustrated. There is a large amount of material from To the Other Side and a few items from his other more famous works including Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, and The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book. The ephemera series is mostly printed greeting cards and some examples of his advertisements for the Cashmere Bouquet Soap campaign. The post-lifetime ephemera series consists of auction catalogs that featured his work for sale.

This collection is arranged into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Artwork; III. Ephemera; IV. Post-lifetime ephemera. Series I. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Series II-IV are arranged chronologically, with undated materials placed at the end of the series.

Publication Information:
Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
Finding Aid Author:
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Boos
Sponsor:
The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions:

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Processing Information:

This finding aid was entered into AT by Garrett Boos from legacy data compiled by the Rare Book Department. Each item was examined and description enhanced and standardized where necessary.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The majority of this collection was purchased by the Free Library from dealers, with a few materials given to the Free Library by various donors.

Corporate Name(s)
  • Christie, Manson & Woods.
  • Columbia University. Libraries.
  • George Routledge and Sons.
  • Phillips Son & Neale (London, England).
  • Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
  • St. Louis Public Library.
  • Swann Auction Galleries.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Auction catalogs
  • Book jackets
  • Correspondence
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Ephemera
  • Greeting cards
  • Illustrations
  • Photographs
  • Sketches
  • Watercolors (paintings)
Personal Name(s)
  • Armour, Margaret
  • Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
  • Edwards, Barbara
  • Emanuel, Frank L. (Frank Lewis), 1865-
  • Harris, Frank P.
  • Jones, Catharine
  • Latimore, Sarah Briggs
  • McIntosh, Robert Dale
  • McKay, Alexander
  • Melville, Lewis, 1874-1932
  • Osborne, Bertin
  • Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939
  • Rackham, Edyth Starkie, 1867-1941
  • Spielmann, M. H. (Mabel Henrietta), 1862-1938
  • Von Blon, Marie Adele
  • Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
  • Weather, Henry
Subject(s)
  • Art
  • Children's literature--19th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  • Illustrated children's books--19th century
  • Illustrated children's books--20th century
  • Illustration of books--19th century
  • Illustration of books--20th century

Correspondence, 1831-1938, undated Call-Number
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Barnes. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 4 pages, 1930 January 11 RBD RA ALS B261
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Barratt, with a sketch. 54a Parkhill Road, Haverstock Hill, London N.W., 3 pages, 1902 December 30
Self-portrait sketched at end.
RBD RA ALS B273
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. N. Carroll. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 4 pages, 1931 July 26
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS C236
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. N. Carroll. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 10 pages, 1931 September 14
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS C236b
Autograph letter signed, to Miss Chadwick. The Hotel, Thurlestone N. Kingsbridge, S. Devon, 6 pages, 1909 September 8
Identification of recipient is tentative.
RBD RA ALS C345
Autograph letter signed, to Miss Chadwick. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 2 pages, 1909 September 30 RBD RA ALS C345b
Autograph letter signed, to Miss Chadwick. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1909 October 10 RBD RA ALS C345c
Autograph letter signed, to Miss Cowan, with a sketch. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 2 pages, 1907 January 21
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS C838
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 4 pages, 1910 September 21 RBD RA ALS C886e
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 2 pages, 1912 November 9 RBD RA ALS C886
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1913 January 1 RBD RA ALS C886b
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 8 pages, 1913 February 24 RBD RA ALS C886c
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 7 pages, 1913 April 15 RBD RA ALS C886d
Autograph letter signed, to Mrs. Crowninshield. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 4 pages, 1910 September 21 RBD RA ALS C886r
Autograph letter signed, to Major Drury, illustrated with diagrams. 3 Primrose Hill, Studios, Fitzroy Road, London N.W., 4 pages, 1904 February 26 RBD RA ALS D845
Autograph letter signed, to Frank Emanuel. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hempstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1920 April 9
With pencil sketches on verso, probably not by Rackham.
RBD RA ALS Em11
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Farjeon. 16 Chalcot Gardens, London N.W., 2 pages, 1918 October 28 RBD RA ALS F228
Autograph letter signed, to possibly Mr. Fisher. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1931 May 15 RBD RA ALS F531
Autograph letter signed, to George Routledge & Son. 3 Primrose Hill, Studios, Fitzroy Road, London N.W., 2 pages, 1904 July 5 RBD RA ALS G293
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 May 27
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241b
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 July 19
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241c
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 July 25
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241d
Autograph letter (fragment), to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 July 30 RBD RA ALS H241e
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 4 pages, 1938 October 3
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241f
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 October 27
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241g
Autograph letter signed, to Frank P. Harris. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, circa 1938
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS H241h
Autograph letter signed, to Miss Catharine Jones. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, England, 3 pages with envelope, 1935 April 20 RBD RA ALS J712
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Kadlec. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, England, 1 page, 1933 March 14 RBD RA ALS K115
Autograph letter signed, to Frederick Mason. Siltegate, Limpsfield, 2 pages with envelope, 1933 December 28 RBD RA ALS M381
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. R. D. McIntosh. Houghton House, Houghton, Arundel, England, 4 pages, 1926 June 6 RBD RA ALS M189
Autograph letter signed, to Alexander McKay. 6 Primrose Hill Studios, London, 3 pages, 1928 December 16 RBD RA ALS M192
Autograph note signed, to Lewis Melville. Hampstead, London N.W., 1 card, 1911 April 1 RBD RA ALS M497
Autograph letter signed, to Bernard Osborne. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 1 page, 1934 May 24 RBD RA ALS Os1
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Parker. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1914 December 30 RBD RA ALS P223
Autograph letter signed, to Mrs. Edward J. Pearson. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages with envelope, 1932 January 10 RBD RA ALS P317
Autograph letter signed, to L. Pyke. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1908 May 7 RBD RA ALS P989
Autograph letter signed, from Edyth Starkie Rackham to Mabel Henrietta Spielmann. The Hotel, Thurlestone, Nr. King's Bridge, Devon S., 1 page, circa 1909 RBD RA ALS/C Sp44
Autograph letter signed, to W. E. Redway. Stilegate Limpsfield, Surrey, England, 2 pages with envelope, 1831 December 1 RBD RA Als Re22
Autograph letter signed, to Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 16 Chalcot Gardens, London N.W., 2 pages, 1918 May 26 RBD RA ALS Sa58
Autograph letter signed, to Mabel Henrietta Spielmann, with a diagram. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London, 4 pages, 1909 February RBD RA ALS Sp44
Autograph letter signed, to Mabel Henrietta Spielmann. 16 Chalcot Gardens, S. Hampstead, London, 1 page, 1909 February RBD RA ALS Sp44b
Autograph letter signed, to Mabel Henrietta Spielmann. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 2 pages, 1909 April 29 RBD RA ALS Sp44c
Autograph letter signed, to Mabel Henrietta Spielmann. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 3 pages, 1913 March 4 RBD RA ALS Sp44d
Autograph letter signed, to The Studio Ltd, publisher of the Book of Kells. Houghton House, Houghton, Arundel, Sussex, 2 pages, 1926 October 26
Two pages of receipts and notes, related to letter, laid in.
RBD RA ALS St94
Autograph letter signed, to an unidentified recipient. 16 Chalcot Gardens, London N.W., 2 pages, 1919 January 6 RBD RA ALS Z999
Autograph letter signed, to an unidentified recipient. Houghton House, Houghton, Arundel, Sussex, 2 pages, 1922 October 6
Transcription laid in.
RBD RA ALS Z999b
Autograph letter signed, to an unidentified recipient. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 2 pages, 1938 May 3
Transcription laid in. Recipient is possibly Frank P. Harris.
RBD RA ALS H241
Autograph letter signed (fragment), to an unidentified recipient. 2 pages, undated RBD RA ALS Z999c
Autograph letter signed, to Marie Adele Von Blon, with a sketch. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 9 pages with envelope, 1936 July 20
Sketch is a signed self-portrait.
RBD RA ALS V891
Autograph letter signed, to M. F. Vorwald. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 4 pages with envelope, 1936 December 22
Discusses depicting snow in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in postscript. Folder also contains correspondence from Macmillan & Co. Ltd. to Mrs. M. F. Vorwald, three pages with envelope.
RBD RA ALS V919
Autograph letter signed, to Henry Weather. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 page, 1914 December 9 RBD RA ALS W378
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Wilson. 6 Primrose Hill Studios, London N.W., 1 page, 1928 July 3 RBD RA ALS W691
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Wilson. Stilegate Limpsfield Surrey, 2 pages, 1932 March 13 RBD RA ALS W691b
Autograph letter signed, to Mr. Wilson. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 4 pages, 1933 February 16 RBD RA ALS W691c
Autograph letter signed, to C. C. Wood. Stilegate Limpsfield Surrey, 3 pages, 1932 October 2
Giving detailed comments on proofs of his Andersen's Fairy Tales.
RBD RA ALS W85

Artwork, 1890-1936, undated Call-Number
"Driving the geese," 1 painting, 1890
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham 1890." Title supplied by dealer. Presumed to be unpublished.
RBD RA ART XL1
"Bend in the Semois," original watercolor for a drawing published in the Pall Mall Budget, 1 painting, 1891
AR 1891--Recto. In artist's hand on back of board: "A Bend in the Semois. Sketch for black & white drawing in Pall Mall Budget, 16 July 1891."
RBD RA ART M1
"Dignity," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "AR"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "Dignity."
RBD RA ART TOS5
"Down-town station of the elevated railway," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "A Down-town station of the elevated railway." Inscribed in blue in side margin of drawing: "Elevated Railway Station."
RBD RA ART TOS4
"Height 296 feet," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "Height--296 feet." Inscribed in blue in side margin of drawing: "Stony Creek bridge."
RBD RA ART TOS7
"Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "The Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City." Inscribed in blue below drawing: "The Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City."
RBD RA ART TOS3
"In Salt Lake City," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "In Salt Lake City." Below illustration in book: "From a Photograph by the Jackson Company, Denver." Inscribed in blue below drawing: "Salt Lake City."
RBD RA ART TOS1
"Miners at home," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "Miners at home." Below illustration in book: "From a Photograph by the Jackson Company, Denver." Inscribed in blue above drawing: "Miners at home."
RBD RA ART TOS8
"Pike's Peak," unpublished drawing for To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. Drawing done for To the Other Side, published by George Philip & Son, 1893, but not included in finished book. Inscribed in blue below drawing: "Pike's Peak." Two captions included in drawing: "The Summit, Pike's Peak" and "Pike's Peak carriage road."
RBD RA ART TOS9
"'Pullman' sleeper,'" from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "'Pullman' sleeper.'" Inscribed in blue below drawing: "Sleeping car."
RBD RA ART TOS6
"Royal Gorge," unpublished drawing for To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. Drawing done for To the Other Side, published by George Philip & Son, 1893, but not included in finished book. Inscribed in blue in side margin of drawing: "The Royal Gorge."
RBD RA ART TOS10
"Sentinel Rock, Yosemite," from To the Other Side, 1 drawing, circa 1893
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. To the Other Side originally published by George Philip & Son, 1893. Caption in book: "The Sentinel Rock, Yosemite." Inscribed in blue in side margin of drawing: "Sentinel Rock, Yosemite."
RBD RA ART TOS2
"And Monsieur, leaning on his spade, and looking into her bright face with his kindly eyes, says, 'Yes, mademoiselle,--perhaps,'" from The Money-Spinner, 1 drawing, circa 1896
Pen and ink wash drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. Inscription in Rackham's hand on accompanying note: "The Schoolgirl. 'And Monsieur, leaning on his spade, and looking into her bright face with his kindly eyes, says, 'Yes, Mademoiselle,--perhaps.'" Caption in book omits "The Schoolgirl." The Money-Spinner originally published by Smith, Elder, & Co., 1896.
RBD RA ART L2
"My Lord is young with George IV. He loses a fortune at play," from The Money-Spinner, 1 drawing, circa 1896
Pen and ink wash drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. Caption in Rackham's hand on accompanying note: "My Lord is young with George IV. He loses a fortune at play." Same caption in book. The Money-Spinner originally published by Smith, Elder, & Co., 1896.
RBD RA ART L1
"Make much of your steed, Robert Shurland! Make much of your steed!," from "The Grey Dolphin" in The Ingoldsby Legends, 1 drawing, 1898
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham 98." Caption in Rackham's hand on accompanying note: "Make much of your steed, Robert Shurland! Make much of your steed!" The Ingoldsby Legends originally published by J.M. Dent & Co., 1898; published later by J.M. Dent & Co., 1907. This illustration printed in color in earlier edition, and in black and white in later edition.
RBD RA ART L4
"Monks and the nuns in the dead of the night tumble, all of them, out of their beds in affright," from "The Ingoldsby penance" in The Ingoldsby Legends, 1 painting, 1898
Tempera painting signed "Arthur Rackham"; undated. Published as black and white illustration by J.M. Dent & Co., 1900, with date of "98" on illustration. Published as color illustration by J.M. Dent & Co. in 1907. Caption for illustration in both editions of The Ingoldsby Legends: "The monks and the nuns in the dead of the night tumble, all of them, out of their beds in affright."
RBD RA ART M4
"Then there was a pretty to-do Heads flew one way--arms and legs another; round went Tickletoby," from "The Grey Dolphin" in The Ingoldsby Legends, 1 drawing, 1898
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham 98." Caption in Rackham's hand on accompanying note: "Then there was a pretty to-do. Heads flew one way--arms and legs another; round went Tickletoby." Same as caption in book. The Ingoldsby Legends originally published by J.M. Dent & Co., 1898; published later by J.M. Dent & Co., 1907. This illustration appears in slightly different form in the later edition.
RBD RA ART L3
Preliminary sketch for "Wandering about and boo-hooing," from "Babes in the wood" in The Ingoldsby Legends, 1 drawing, circa 1898
Pencil sketch signed "AR." The Ingoldsby Legends originally published by J.M. Dent & Co., 1898; published later by J.M. Dent & Co., 1907 with color illstration rather than black and white illustration. Caption in book: "Wandering about and boo-hooing."
RBD RA ART S1
Preliminary sketch for "Wandering about and boo-hooing," from "Babes in the wood" in The Ingoldsby Legends, 1 drawing, circa 1898
Pencil sketch signed "AR." The Ingoldsby Legends originally published by J.M. Dent & Co., 1898; published later by J.M. Dent in 1907 with color illustration rather than black and white illustration. Caption in book: "Wandering about and boo-hooing."
RBD RA ART S2
"Flounder, flounder in the sea, Prythee, hearken unto me," from "The fisherman and his wife" in Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1 drawing, 1900
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham 1900." Accompanied by exhibition loan ticket: "Board of Education, South Kensington, Victoria and Albert Museum, Loan Exhibition of Modern Illustration, 1900." Signed "Arthur Rackham." Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm originally published by Freemantle & Co., 1900; published by Constable & Company, 1909 and by William Heinemann, 1925. Caption in book: "Flounder, flounder in the sea, Prythee, hearken unto me."
RBD RA ART M2
"She immediately clutched at his cap to pull it off," from "Iron Hans" in Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1 drawing, 1900
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham 1900." Accompanied by note in Rackham's hand: "Grimm. Iron Hans (1). She immediately clutched at his cap to pull it off." Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm originally published by Freemantle & Co., 1900; published by Constable & Company, 1909 and by William Heinemann, 1925.
RBD RA ART M3
Drawing for "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" in Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen, 1 drawing, 1902
Pen and ink drawing signed "Arthur Rackham '02." Revised version of this illustration later appeared in Fairy Tales, published by George G. Harrap & Co., 1932. No caption. Inscribed at bottom of illustration: "Little tin soldier."
RBD RA ART L5
"Lake side, evening," 1 painting, 1903
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham 03." Inscribed below signature: "Talyllyn." Published in The International Studio, volume 25, number 99, May 1905 with caption "The lakeside: evening." Label attached to back of frame, in Rackham's hand: "8. The Lakeside, Evening. Arthur Rackham, Primrose Hill Studios, Fitzroy Road, Regent Park Road, N.W." Label attached to back of frame: "Royal Society of Painters in Water (possible Water Colour)," 5a Pall Mall East, London, S.W." Inscribed: "Walter R. Rea, Esq., 21 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead." Measurement from portion of painting visible in frame. Framed.
RBD RA ART XL4
Original drawing for "Arkel and the Princess of Sakata," 1 drawing, 1903
Caption: "Soon the needles ceased to move, and as she walked her gaze was fixed upon the distant valley."
RBD RA ART L9
"Long-armed giant," 1 painting, 1904
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham, 1904." Inscription on verso: "The long-armed giant." Presumed to be unpublished.
RBD RA ART L6
"Afternoon when the gardens were white with snow," from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1 painting, 1906
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham 06." Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1906. Caption on guardsheet: "An afternoon when the gardens were white with snow." Measurement from portion of painting visible in frame. Framed.
RBD RA ART XL7
Preliminary drawing for frontispiece in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, 1 drawing, 1906
Pen and ink drawing, signed "Arthur Rackham. 06". Published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1906.
RBD RA ART M12
"Bottom and the ass," headpiece for A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1 drawing, 1908
Pen and ink wash drawing signed "Arthur Rackham 08." A Midsummer Night's Dream originally published by William Heinemann in 1908. Illustration used as headpiece for Act I, scene II. Inscribed on back of original mat: "Exhibited at the Leicester Galleries October 1908 (Number 52 in the Catalogue & purchased by Miss Power)."
RBD RA ART M5
Title page vignette for A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1 drawing, circa 1908
Pen and ink, watercolor, and wash on paper, signed "A Rackham." Trimmed lettering in top and bottom margins: "Nights Dream" and "Illustrated by." A Midsummer Night's Dream published by William Heinemann, 1908.
RBD RA ART S3
"But they said one after another: 'Halloa! who has been eating off my plate? Who has been drinking out of my cup?,'" from "The Seven Ravens" in The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1 painting, circa 1909
Watercolor signed "A Rackham"; undated. Originally published by Freemantle & Co., 1900 as black and white illustration with caption given in "List of illustrations" as: "Then the Seven Ravens came in and began to look at their plates and cups." Published by Constable & Co., 1909 as color illustration, with caption on accompanying guardsheet: "But they said one after another: 'Halloa! who has been eating off my plate? Who has been drinking out of my cup?" Measurement from portion of painting visible in frame. Framed.
RBD RA ART XL6
"Hansel put out a knuckle-bone," from "Hansel and Grethel" in The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1 painting, circa 1909
Watercolor signed "A Rackham"; undated. Originally published as black and white illustration by Freemantle & Co., 1900. Published as color illustration by Constable & Company, 1909 with date on illustration. "1900 - 1909." Caption in book: "Hansel put out a knuckle-bone."
RBD RA ART M6
Self-portrait, 1 drawing, circa 1909
Self-portrait in pen and ink on recto, unsigned. Fragmentary sketch in pen and ink on verso, including sketch of a hinge.
RBD RA ART S4
Original drawing for "The Fox and the Leopard," 1 drawing, circa 1912
Original, signed pen and ink drawing for page 205 of Aesop's Fables; includes original board backing with information.
RBD RA ART M13
Original drawing for "The Fox and the Stork," 1 drawing, circa 1912
Aesop's Fables page 23
RBD RA ART M14
"He led us from one suspense to another; till we were afraid to look round," from "The Yellow Butterfly of Chiddingfold Manor" in The Delineator, 1 painting, circa 1916
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham"; undated. "The Yellow Butterfly of Chiddingfold Manor" originally published in The Delineator, December 1916. Caption in story: "He led us from one suspense to another; till we were afraid to look round."
RBD RA ART XL2
Watercolor for "Sweet porridge," in Little Brother & Little Sister, 1 painting, circa 1917
Watercolor signed "A Rackham"; undated. Little Brother & Little Sister originally published by Constable & Co., 1917. Illustration in book is black and white. No caption.
RBD RA ART M7
Autograph note signed, to Edmund Gosse, with sketch, 1 card, 1918 June 1
Pen and ink drawing of cherub signed "AR." Inscription on recto: "To Edmund Gosse, 1 June 1918, with kind regards from Arthur Rackham."
RBD RA ART S5
"What part do I get then after all those kicks?," from "Snickerty Nick," 1 drawing, circa 1919
Pen and ink drawing signed "A Rackham"; undated. Caption in Rackham's hand below drawing: "What part do I get then after all those kicks?" Snickerty Nick originally published by Moffat, Yard & Co., 1919. Caption in book: "What part do I get after all those kicks?"
RBD RA ART L8
"In a roar of merriment till bedtime," from The Wonder Book, 1 painting, circa 1922
Watercolor signed "AR" and "Arthur Rackham"; undated. The Wonder Book originally published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1922. This illustration appeared with coloring revised. Caption in book: "In a roar of merriment till bedtime."
RBD RA ART L7
Autograph manuscript signed menu of "The Writers Club Debate Dinner," with pencil sketches, signed, 1 card, 1930 October 21
The word "Menu" is printed; everything else inscribed.
RBD RA ART S6
Drawing for "The Chimes," 1 drawing, circa 1931
Pen and ink drawing signed "Arthur Rackham"; undated. The Chimes orignally published by The Limited Editions Club, 1931. No caption for this illustration. In Rackham's hand on back of original mat: "Return to A. Rackham, Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey."
RBD RA ART M8
Drawing for The Compleat Angler, 1 drawing, circa 1931
Pen and ink drawing of seahorse signed "A Rackham." The Compleat Angler published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1931. No caption for this illustration.
RBD RA ART S7
Watercolor for "Thumbelina," in Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen, 1 painting, circa 1932
Watercolor signed "AR"; undated. Fairy Tales originally published by George G. Harrap & Co., 1932. Ill. in book is black and white. No caption.
RBD RA ART M9
Preliminary drawings for The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book, depicting an owl and a cat, 1 page of drawings, circa 1933
Two drawings in white on black background. Two pencil sketches of the same subjects. Note in pencil signed "AR": "For gold corners. These will need reducing a little. Reduce the owl a little more than the cat so that they tell about the same size. And repeat, reversed, facing the other way at bottom corners. Fairy Book." It doesn't appear that these drawings were used in the published book, although the cover illustration of an owl is similar to this owl drawing. Inscription "Goblin Market" has been scribbled out. Housed with an American edition of The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book.
RBD RA 2 [1933] R115a4 Accompanying material
"In their sad and solemn slumbers with the worm," from "The Premature Burial" in Tales of Mystery & Imagination, 1 drawing with additional sketch, circa 1935
Pen and ink drawing signed "Arthur Rackham"; undated. Tales of Mystery & Imagination originally published by George G. Harrap & Co., 1935. Caption in book: "In their sad and solemn slumbers with the worm." Additional fragmentary sketch found on original backing of drawing; matted separately.
RBD RA ART M10
"Aase on the mill-house roof," from Peer Gynt, 1 painting, circa 1936
Watercolor signed "A Rackham"; undated. Peer Gynt originally published by George G. Harrap & Co., 1936. Caption in book: "Aase on the mill-house roof." Measurement from portion of painting visible in frame. Framed.
RBD RA ART XL5
Autograph note signed with a sketch of a soldier and a dog going around a corner, 1 drawing, undated
Pen and ink sketch signed: "Arthur Rackham." Inscription below sketch: "Sketch of a soldier & a dog going around a corner."
RBD RA ART S8
Photographic reproduction of drawing for Rip Van Winkle, with applied watercolor, 1 painting, undated
Appears that title, signature, and black outline drawings are a photographic reproduction that has had watercolor applied over it, possibly by Rackham, but probably done much later. Originally laid in a deluxe limited edition of Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle originally published by William Heinemann in 1905.
RBD RA ART M11
"Witches' meeting," 1 painting, undated
Watercolor signed "Arthur Rackham"; undated. Presumed to be unpublished. On back of original mat: "Witches' Meeting. To be returned to: Arthur Rackham, Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey."
RBD RA ART XL3

Ephemera, 1831-1938, undated Call-Number
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1900 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1900 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 card, 1906 December 5
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1906 R115p
Printed greeting card for Christmas, 1906  
"All the year round in fairyland." Punch, London, 1 leaf of plates, 1907
Punch almanack for 1907. Plate is matted. Printed in red and black. Includes calendar for 1907.
RBD RA Eph-1 1907 R115a
Printed greeting card, signed. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 card, 1908 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1908 R115p
Printed greeting card for Christmas, 1908  
Printed greeting card, signed. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 card, 1909 December 25 RBD RA Eph-1 1909 R115p
Proof of "Four clever brothers." Possibly London, 1 leaf of plates, 1909
Plate published 1909 in Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Plate is matted.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1909] R115f
Printed greeting card, signed. 16 Chalcot Gardens, South Hampstead, London N.W., 1 card, circa 1910 RBD RA Eph-1 [1910] R115p
Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Ring of the Niblungs, prospectus. London: William Heinemann, 4 pages, 1910
Color illustration is laid in. Exhibition announcement is laid in.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1910] W125r
Printed greeting card for Christmas, 1911  
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1911 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1911 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1912 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1912 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed with autograph note to George Hopkins. Hampstead, London, 1 card, 1913 January 1
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1913 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1919
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1919] R115p
Cashmere Bouquet Soap. Possibly New York: Ladies' Home Journal, page 71., 1924 March
Advertisement for Cashemere Bouquet Soap, made by Colgate & Co. At head: March 1924, Ladies' Home Journal. Advertisement is matted. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 238.
RBD RA Eph-1 1924 R115c
"Embroidery" by Arthur Rackham, 1 page, circa 1924
Advertisement for Cashmere Bouquet Soap, made by Colgate & Co. Taken from unknown periodical. "May 1924"--Inscription on mat. Advertisement is matted. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 238.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1924] R115e
"New song" by Arthur Rackham. New York: Asia, page 4 of cover, 1925 October
Advertisement for Cashmere Bouquet Soap, made by Colgate & Co. Taken from Asia, volume 25, number 10 (October 1925); spine of journal attached. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 238.
RBD RA Eph-1 1925 R115n
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1926 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1926 R115p
"Potent dispeller of sickness and spleen: the fairy Hygeia at her beneficent task." Punch, London, page xvi, 1928 July 11
Specially drawn for the Proprietors of Eno's 'Fruit Salt' by Arthur Rackham. Taken from Punch, July 11, 1928. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 228. Advertisement is matted.
RBD RA Eph-1 1928 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 1 card, 1930 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1930 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed. Stilegate, Limpsfield, Surrey, 1 card, 1931 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1931 R115p
"So they sing and play to still their cry, a soft and comforting lullaby." New York: Woman's Home Companion, 1 page, 1931
Illustration is from "To Bethlehem: a Christmas masque," by Laura Spencer Portor. Published in Woman's Home Companion, volume 48, number 12, Dec. 1931. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 231.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1931] R115s
Printed greeting card, 1 card, 1932 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1932 R115p
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1932 December 25
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 241.
RBD RA Eph-1 1932 R115p2
Cadbury's chocolate box. Cadbury, Bourneville, England: Cadbury's Chocolates, 1 box with 1 sheet, 1933
Accompanied by proof sheet with same color illustration "This box was specially designed for Cadbury Bros. Ltd. by Arthur Rackham." Date cf. Riall. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 238.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1933] R115c
Printed greeting card, to Mrs. Edward J Pearson. London, 1 card with envelope, 1934 December 19
Date postmarked. With inscribed envelope.
RBD RA Eph-1 1934 R115p2
Dust jacket for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1 item, circa 1934
Dust jacket. Publisher's advertisements on front and back turn-ins; indicate publication date of 1934 or later. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 125.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1934] D555c
Photograph of a scene from Hansel and Gretel. London, 1 photograph, 1934
Inscription on verso: "A scene from 'Hansel and Gretel,' Cambridge Theater, London, February, 1934. The Times, Copyright." Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 239. Set and costumes designed by Arthur Rackham; cf. Riall.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1934] P566o
Printed greeting card, signed, 1 card, 1934 RBD RA Eph-1 [1934] R115p
Printed wedding announcement, signed, 1 card, circa 1935
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 242.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1935] R115p
Latimore, Sarah Briggs. Arthur Rackham: a bibliography, typescript. Possibly Los Angeles, 1 typescript, circa 1936
Includes original typescript, proof sheets, and notes and corrections. One printed sheet with illustration by Arthur Rackham.
RBD RA Eph-1 [1936] L349a
Photograph of Arthur Rackham (copy), 1 photograph, undated
Photograph possibly taken from journal article. Photograph is matted.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 P566o
Bookplate of Robert Partridge. 1 item, undated
Proof sheet. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 240.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115b
Bookplates designed by Arthur Rackham, 3 items, undated
Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 240. Bookplates designed for Eugene Grosman, G. L. Lazarus, and Arthur Rackham's own book collection.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115b2
Photostat of The Path to Spring, a panel by Arthur Rackham, 1 photostat, undated
Courtesy of Scott and Fowles.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115p
"Rose," painted for Colgate & Co. by Arthur Rackham, 1 page, undated
Probably an advertisement for Cashmere Bouquet Soap, made by Colgate & Co. Taken from unknown periodical. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 238.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115r
Two periodical articles illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 2 articles, undated
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115t
Proof plate of unidentified, 1 leaf of plates, undated
Illustration of woman and child from unknown publication.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 R115u
Two photostats of articles: one with illustrations by Arthur Rackham, one about him, 2 photostats, undated
"The New Baltic and North Sea Canal," by Thomas Rhodes, illustrated by Arthur Rackham; from The Supplement to the Liverpool Shipping Telegraph and Daily Commercial Advertiser, May 25, 1895. "The Three Owls" edited by Anne Carroll Moore (about Rackham's early work); from the New York Herald Tribune Books, December 18, 1927. Riall, R. Arthur Rackham, page 227.
RBD RA Eph-1 9999 T93p

Post-lifetime ephemera, 1967-1996, undated Call-Number
Columbia University. Libraries. Genius of Arthur Rackham: A centenary exhibition of original drawings and watercolors selected from the collection presented to the Columbia University Libraries by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C Berol. New York, New York: Possibly Columbia University Libraries, 4 items, 1967
Two copies of an invitation to the exhibition opening (one with inscribed envelope), one printed flyer advertising the exhibition, and one excerpt from The New Yorker, December 9, 1967, with a review of the exhibition on pages 54-55.
RBD RA Eph-2 [1967] C723g
Edwards, Barbara. Printed greeting card to Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, signed. Byfleet Manor, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1 folded card, 1968 December 25
Card illustrated by Barbara Edwards, daughter of Arthur Rackham. Signed "John & Barbara Edwards."
RBD RA Eph-2 1968 Ed95p
J. & S. Fine Books. J & S Catalogue Number 5. Chicago, Illinois: J. & S. Fine Books, 2,118 pages, 1976
Includes cover illustration by Arthur Rackham, and descriptions of books illustrated by Rackham on pages 73-77.
RBD RA Eph-2 [1976] J1c
Christie, Manson & Woods. Sales, February-March, 1977. London, 32 page, 1977
Includes illustration of a portrait of Barbara Mary Rackham by Arthur Rackham on page 4.
RBD RA Eph-2 1977 C463s
St. Louis Public Library. Arthur Rackham: Illustrator. St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library, 14 page, 1979
Exhibition held in conjunction with Children's Media Conference: Literature and Film. St. Louis Public Library, May 7, 1979, page 4 of cover.
RBD RA Eph-2 1979 St1a
Swann Auction Galleries. Public Auction Sale Number 1220, Thursday, May 7, 1981 at 1:30 PM: the work of Arthur Rackham: the Raymond M Sutton, Jr. collection. New York: New York, Swann Galleries, Inc., 64 page, 1981
Includes numerous illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
RBD RA Eph-2 1981 Sw24p
Wilder Books. Catalogue 15. Elmhurst, Illinois: Wilder Books, 4 page, 1985
Includes entry for Arthur Rackham-designed bookplate.
RBD RA Eph-2 1985 W645c
Phillips Son & Neale. English and European drawings and watercolours: With book illustrations and cartoons: to be sold by auction Monday 10 September 1990 at 2 pm. Phillips, Son & Neale, London, 65, 7 pages, 1990
Includes brief biographical sketch of Arthur Rackham, and list of his works for sale on pages 35-65. Includes index.
RBD RA Eph-2 1990 P541e
Cricket: volume 23, number 4. Peru, Illinois: Carus Publishing Company, 64 pages, 1995 December
Includes color illustration on cover, one color illustration in text by Arthur Rackham; portrait of Rackham on page 2 of cover along with biographical sketch.
RBD RA Eph-2 1995 C867
Swann Auction Galleries. Public Auction Sale 1740, Thursday, November 21, 1996 at 10:30 AM : Rare Books. Swann Galleries, New York, New York, 68 pages, 1996
Includes two color illustrations by Arthur Rackham on page 3 of cover. Also includes description of two color illustrations and one book illustrated by Rackham on pages 52-53.
RBD RA Eph-2 1996 Sw24p
Miscellaneous items: one greeting card and one illustration from an unknown book, 1 folder, undated RBD RA Eph-2 9999 R115m

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