Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sidney Sime

Sidney Sime - 1

Sidney Sime - 2

Sidney Sime - 3

Sidney Sime - Zagabog Illustration, 1901

Sidney Sime - 4

Sidney Sime - 5

Sidney Sime - 6

Sidney Sime - 7



Sidney Sime - 8

Sidney Sime - 9

Sidney Sime - 10

Sidney Sime - 11

Sidney Sime - 12

Sidney Sime - 13

Sidney Sime - 14

Sidney Sime - The Wily Grasser (1923)

Sidney Sime - The Two-Tailed Sogg (1923)

Sidney Sime - The Prapsnot (1923)

Sidney Sime - Illustration For "The Ghost Pirates" By William Hope Hodgson (1909)

Sidney Sime - "Time And The Gods" Front Piece (1906)

Sidney Sime - Kai (1906)

Sidney Sime - The Ultimate God (1906)

Sidney Sime - Hothrun Dath (1906)

Sidney Sime - Lo! The Gods! (1906)

Sidney Sime - Yazun (1906)

Sidney Sime - Inzana (1906)

Sidney Sime - The Tomb of Zai (1906)

Sidney Sime - Guided By Ali, All Three Set Forth For The Midlands (1916)

Sidney Sime - The Bad Old Woman In Black Ran Down The Street Of The Ox-Butchers (1916)

Sidney Sime - There Stood That Lonely, Gnarled And Deciduous Tree (1916)

Sidney Sime - Tom O' The Roads (1908)

Sidney Sime - "Good-Bye!" (1908)

Sidney Sime - "A Herd Of Black Creatures" (1908)

Sidney Sime- The Fortress (1908)

Sidney Sime - The Soul Of La Traviata (1908)

Sidney Sime - We Would Gallop Through Africa (1910)

Sidney Sime - The Soul Of Andelsprutz (1910)

Sidney Sime - The Terrible Mud (1910)

Sidney Sime - Bird Of The River (1910)

Sidney Sime - The Gate Of Yann (1910)

Sidney Sime - The Silence Of Ged (1910)

Sidney Sime - Romance Comes Down Out Of Hilly Woodlands (1910)

Sidney Sime - Hish (1911)

Sidney Sime - The Dreams Of Manya - Yood - Sushai (1911)

Sidney Sime - Slid (1911)

Sidney Sime - Mung And The Beast Of Mung (1911)

Sidney Sime - Ranorada (1911)

Sidney Sime - "It" (1911)

Sidney Sime - The Ship Of Yoharneth - Lahai (1911)

Sidney Sime - The Edge of the World (1912)

Sidney Sime - The Coronation Of Mr. Thomas Shap (1912)

Sidney Sime - He Felt As A Morsel (1912)

Sidney Sime - The House Of The Sphinx (1912)

Sidney Sime - The Ominous Cough (1912)

Sidney Sime - There The Gibbelins Lived And Discreditably Fed (1912)

Sidney Sime - The Lean, High House Of The Gnoles (1912)

Sidney Sime - The Bride of the Man Horse, Zretazoola (1912)

Sidney Sime - The City of Never (1912)
A large portion of these illustrations were for novels by Irish author Lord Dunsany. Authors influenced by Dunsany include H.P Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, J.R.R. Tolkien among others. The full books can be read at archive.org at the following links..

The Last Book Of Wonder (1916)

The Book Of Wonder, A Chronicle Of Little Adventures At The Edge Of The World. (1912)

The Gods Of Pegana (1911)

A Dreamer's Tale (1910)

The Sword Of Welleran, And Other Stories (1908)

Time And The Gods (1906)

"The partnership of illustrator Sidney H. Sime and fantasy writer Lord Dunsany (also poet, dramatist, and grand chess master and pistol champion of Ireland) is without peer in the annals of fantasy illustration. It is almost inconceivable to imagine a Dunsany story - with its exquisite fusion of elements from Greek and Celtic myths (Dunsany was friendly with Yeats and the writers of the Celtic Twilight), Arabian Nights adventure, and the solemn harmonies of the Old Testament - without the drawings of Sidney H. Sime. Sime has been called the "greatest imaginative artist since William Blake," and aside from their fin-de-siecle elegance, and delicacy of line recalling Persian miniatures, Sime's drawings manifest that rare faculty of being able to give definitive, and often uncanny, form to the poet's merest suggestions." - quote source


Images found at Golden Age Comic Book Stories Pic-ectomy and other places I've lost track of.

If anyone has more scans from Bogey Beasts, please share them with me at evilenergy @ yahoo dot com Thanks!

12 comments:

migellito said...

This is the most impressive collection of Sime that I've found. Thank you so much! Sime was TRULY original, and one would be hard pressed to do better for old-school fantasy game inspiration.

Danny Hengel said...

These really are amazing it looks like these are prints correct? his technique with intaglio is impressive to say the least- all these different shading abilities he exhibits are truly awe inspiring!

limpey said...

Wow... just wow. Every time I see work by Sime I am just blown away. His pictures just make my jaw drop...

Asenath said...

Brilliant! It's fascinating to see not only the influence ukiyo-e must have had on some of these illustrations, but also how Sime's style might in turn have inspired modern Japanese illustrators like Miyazaki. I love how you can return to Sime's again and again and always find something masterly and new. Thanks for the extensive spread!

Melan said...

Thank you so much for assembling this collection. I have been a fan of Sime since I have first seen pieces of his, and this post has been the most complete to date.

Sime's exotic imagination, striking use of shadows and light, and delicate detail, are one of a kind.

buzz said...

I've long been a fan of Sime but you've included several illos I'd never seen before. Thanx!

kellie said...

This is really wonderful. It seems unusual to me to find that elegant storybook æsthetic combined with such vitally exciting imaginative content.

crabula said...

This is my first encounter with Sime's work. This is exactly the sort of art that has inspired me since childhood. I knew of Rackham and others but not Sime. This stuff just blows my mind. Absolutely stunning and beautiful.

Li-An said...

A true genius.

Montgomery Slatkin said...

these scans are better then the book i have!

i love you sime!!

Dr. Theda said...

A couple of these images were in the the books of horror that I remember from my childhood ( I checked them out from the library as a young kid often several times each year.... even often renewed the borrowing of these wonderful books) .... I never knew who was the artist....

Flying Tiger said...

I find W0RMY from the old Dragon magazine somewhat reminiscent of this style too- although Trampier used his favourite marker pens in psychedelic colour.