Sunday, August 24, 2008

Arthur Rackham - Transpontine Cockney

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was an illustrator best known for his work on fairy tales and children's books. He was also rather proud of his South London origins, entitling a 1934 self-portrait 'A Transpontine Cockney'.

Rackham was born in 1867 at 210 South Lambeth Road, where he spent most of his childhood. His family moved a short distance to 27 Albert Square, Clapham Road in 1882 and to 3 St Ann’s Park Road, Wandsworth in 1885 (near Wimbledon Common). They regularly attended the Brixton Independent Church in Brixton Road and Rackham himself attended Lambeth School of Art (1884).

Source: Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration by James Hamilton (Pavilion, 1995)


Anonymous said...

Interesting. I just finihsed a novel which sited Rackham as an influence: Little, Big - by John Crowley. Highly recommended.

Transpontine said...

Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) also cites Rackham as an influence.