Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Henry Justice Ford
Illustration from The Yellow Fairy Book.

"H. J. Ford, who is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Andrew Lang on the series of twelve Coloured Fairy Books (1889-1910), had a somewhat unusual career for an illustrator. Born in London, where he spent most of his life, he attended Repton and won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a first-class degree in classics. After graduation, he studied at the Slade school of Art with Alphonse Legros and the Bushey school of Art with Sir Hubert Herkomer. A friend of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, he exhibited history paintings and landscapes at the Royal Academy between 1892 and 1903. In addition creating illustrations for the Fairy Books, he also produced many historical subjects set from the middle ages to the eighteenth-century for Lang's The Red True Story Book (1895) and other works. He also illustrated The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1895) and Pilgrim's Progress (1921)." - quote from Victorian Web

Illustration of Scylla, from "Tales Of Troy and Greece" originally published in 1907. See more from this book here.

The Dragon of the North, wood engraving, 1894


The Seven-Headed Serpent, wood engraving, 1894


Rosalie Guarded by the Genii, Illustration for "The Invisible Prince."


Illustration for "The Witch," a Russian folktale, from Lang's Yellow Fairy Book, p. 230.


Illustration for "King Kojata" wood engraving, 1892


More Ford fantasy illustrations can be found at Victoria Web.org.


THE GENIUS AND THE MERCHANTS


SINDBAD IN THE VALLEY OF SERPENTS


THE GIANT ENTERS


THE GIANTS HURL ROCKS AT SINDBAD AND HIS COMPANIONS

The above 4 illustrations were originally published in an 1898 edition of The Arabian Nights. View more artwork and the written stories of the book at Sacred Texts.com







The above 5 illustrations taken from The Red Fairy Book, more from this collection of fantasy tales here.

1 comment:

Mr. Sean said...

God! Just beautiful! Thanks for the post & your continuous hard work man.