DREAM DAYS: The Golden Age of Book Illustration

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 00:00

Time: 10.30 for 10.45 – 15.15 

Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

Lecturer: Dr Margaret Knight

Cost:  £35  There are no facilities for coffee.

The years between 1860 and the First World War are counted as a golden age for book illustration. The first books for children were being published and advances in printing made full colour illustrations possible. By 1870 the market was so competitive that the big publishing houses across Europe and America were employing the very best talent. Dream Days looks at works by familiar names like Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway and Arthur Rackham and at the extra ordinary illustrations produced in Scandinavia, Russia, and America. The market collapsed in the interwar years but as you will discover the artists of the golden age exerted long lasting and sometimes unexpected influences.

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