Tuesday, January 12, 2016

John D Batten

John D. Batten - The Demon With The Matted Hair, Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892The Demon With The Matted Hair, Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - The Sea Maiden, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892The Sea Maiden, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Second Illustration from The Story Of Aladdin, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of Aladdin, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - The Lambton Worm,  illustration from "More English Fairy Tales" 1894The Lambton Worm,  illustration from "More English Fairy Tales" 1894

John D Batten - illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Connal Yellowclaw, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Connal Yellowclaw, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - The Seven Headed Dragon, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916The Seven Headed Dragon, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916

John D Batten - Illustration from Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess of China, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess of China, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - Illustration from The Story Of Aladdin, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of Aladdin, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - Illustration from The Story Of The Fisherman And Genie, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of The Fisherman And Genie, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - Thetis Saves The Argonauts From Scylla, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919Thetis Saves The Argonauts From Scylla, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919

John D Batten - Illustration from The Story Of THe Speaking Bird, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of THe Speaking Bird, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - Illustration from The Story Of Zobeide Told By Herself, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of Zobeide Told By Herself, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - The Prince Wants His Lunch, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916The Prince Wants His Lunch, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916

John D Batten - The Sprightly Tailor, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892The Sprightly Tailor, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Mr Miacca, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902Mr Miacca, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902

John D Batten - The Little Bull-Calf,  illustration from "More English Fairy Tales," 1894The Little Bull-Calf,  illustration from "More English Fairy Tales," 1894

John D Batten - Second illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Illustration from The Story Of The King's Son, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Story Of The King's Son, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - Tom Hickathrift, illustration from "More English Fairy Tales," 1894Tom Hickathrift, illustration from "More English Fairy Tales," 1894

John D Batten - The Monster Of The Feats, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919The Monster Of The Feats, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919

John D Batten - Morraha, illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Morraha, illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Illustration from Page 12 of "More English Fairy Tales," 1894Illustration from Page 12 of "More English Fairy Tales," 1894

John D Batten - The Witch, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916The Witch, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916

John D Batten - Orpheus And Medea Charm The Snake That Guards The Golden Fleece, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919Orpheus And Medea Charm The Snake That Guards The Golden Fleece, Illustration from "The Book Of Wonder Voyages," 1919

John D Batten - The Master And His Pupil, English Fairy Tales, 1902The Master And His Pupil, English Fairy Tales, 1902

John D Batten - illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902Illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902

John D Batten - The Cauld Lad Of Hilton, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902The Cauld Lad Of Hilton, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902

John D Batten - Second Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892Second Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Guleesh, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Guleesh, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - The Giant Tries To Drink The Stream, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916The Giant Tries To Drink The Stream, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916

John D Batten - Jack With His Invisible Coat, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902Jack With His Invisible Coat, illustration from "English Fairy Tales," 1902

John D Batten - Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892Illustration from "Indian Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - The Wounded Dragon, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916The Wounded Dragon, Illustration from "Europa's Fairy Book," 1916

John D Batten - Illustration from The Fifth Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915Illustration from The Fifth Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor, "Fairy Tales From The Arabian Nights," 1915

John D Batten - The Horned Women, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892The Horned Women, illustration from "Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892

John D Batten - Third illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892Third illustration from "More Celtic Fairy Tales," 1892


"John Dickson Batten (8 October 1860 – 5 August 1932), born in Plymouth, Devon, was a British painter of figures in oils, tempera and fresco and a book illustrator and printmaker. He was an active member of the Society of Painters in Tempera, with his wife Mary Batten, a gilder.

 As a student at the Slade School of Fine Arts under Alphonse Legros he exhibited until 1887 at the Grosvenor Gallery with Sir Edward Burne-Jones. He indulged in mythological and allegorical themes. Among Batten's paintings are The Garden of Adonis: Amoretta and Time, The Family, Mother and Child, Sleeping Beauty: The Princess Pricks Her Finger, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Atalanta and Melanion.

In the 1890s, he illustrated a series of fairy tale books by Joseph Jacobs who was a member of the Folklore Society, notably English Fairy Tales (1890), Celtic Fairy Tales (1892 anthology), More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894) and More English Fairy Tales (1894). Then they turned to fairy tales collected from continental Europe : Indian Fairy Tales (1912), European Folk and Fairy Tales (also known as Europa's Fairy Book) (1916). He also illustrated English versions of Tales from the Arabian Nights and Dante's Inferno.

At the end of the 1890s he turned to the painting technique of egg tempera and played an important part in its revival with Birmingham artists such as Arthur Gaskin. He served as a Secretary to the Society of Painters in Tempera and published in 1922 an article on The Practice of Tempera Painting." - quote source

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1 comment:

Patrick Stuart said...

These are wonderful