Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Fairytale artist’s work goes on show

WORK by one of the world’s well-loved illustrators, best known for his work on The Wind in the Willows, will

WORK by one of the world’s well-loved illustrators, best known for his work on The Wind in the Willows, will form a new exhibition at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum.

Arthur Rackham’s artworks, synonymous with childhood fantasy and imagination, are considered leading works from the Edwardian “golden age” of illustration.

The collection spans his 40-year career, including some of his earliest works such as The Irish Dragoon in 1897 and his final set of illustrations for The Wind in the Willows in 1940.

The exhibition, entitled Through the Looking Glass: Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, will include 15 original books on display, including A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes, Hansel and Gretel & Other Tales and Rip Van Winkle.

It will also include a story tree where young visitors can sit and read the illustrated books, and create their own stories using a character wheel.

To coincide with the exhibition, the River and Rowing Museum will be hosting an event, Illustrating Arthur Rackham, on Saturday, February 21, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

The morning will include a lecture and practical workshop, exploring Rackham’s technique and other graphic illustration methods using pencil, ink and watercolour.

Curator Eloise Chapman said: “We are thrilled to have such iconic work at the museum — Rackham’s work resonates with adults and children alike. Although his illustrations are almost a century old, they are still a definitive source of imagination and fantasy.

“Whether you read Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, or Grimm’s Fairy Tales, these illustrations provided a window into another world.

“This is a major exhibition for us, and we are delighted to launch into 2015 with Rackham.”

The collection has been loaned by Rackham collector Ann Haley, and will be on display at the Museum from February 5 to May 31.

The exhibition will include a short film about Rackham’s life and hands-on material for younger visitors.

Visit rrm.co.uk for more information.

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