Welcome to illustrated-books
There is a rich heritage in the world of illustrated books that has evolved since the early publications of Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Kay Neilsen, Edmund Dulac and others.
Since the 1950’s and 60’s the quality of colour printing has improved enormously, allowing illustrators, designers, typographers and printers to produce wonderful artwork, illustrated books, children’s books, beautiful dust-jackets, magazines, posters, collectables and prints – and this continues today.
Those many unknown illustrators
Many illustrators have become famous for their work. However, there are many other illustrators, commercial artists and designers who remain generally unknown. These artists and crafts people have produced wonderful and striking illustrated books. This website celebrates this work.
Shown here is the cover of Boys Own Paper, 1959. This has a wonderful illustration on the cover by an unknown illustrator called ‘Redmill’. View this now.
and those producing great artwork today
Inga Moore is an illustrator working in the UK who has produced a range of wonderful children’s books. These include The Wind in the Willows, A House in the Woods and several more. Her high quality illustration and great story telling produce magical children’s books that are great to collect.
Artists’ Books and Lithography
The lithographs in High Street were drawn directly on the printing plates by Eric Ravilious. This printing technique has allowed artists and illustrators to create some beautiful picture books. Rare books such as The Matchlock Gun illustrated by artist Paul Lantz.
Hand-drawn lithography is still a printing technique used by artists and illustrators today. Read our article on the beauty of hand-drawn lithography.
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