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Rackham, Arthur

Born: 1867 AD
Died: 1939 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Artists


1867 - Born on September 19th in London, England. British artist best known for his illustrations for classic fiction and children's literature.

1884 - Reared in London, Rackham enrolled in evening classes at the Lambeth School of Art and spent seven years studying there while also working full-time in an insurance office.

1892-1896 - While a staff artist for a newspaper, the Westminster Budget, he also began illustrating books. He became skillful using the new halftone process, and his drawings began to reveal a unique range of imagination.

1900 - Rackham achieved renown with the publication of a edition of the Grimm brothers' Fairy Tales featuring his illustrations.

1905 - He illustrated a limited edition of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle", which made him known in America as well.

1908 - Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours.

1939 - Died on September 6th in Limpsfield, Surrey.


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