CfP: Arthur Rackham in Sussex on his 150th birthday, University of Chichester, 16 September 2017

Yet another exciting-looking conference! Most people who love the fairy tale and fantastic literature will be aware of Arthur Rackham’s dreamlike illustrations. The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy are holding a one-day symposium on his work–CfP here.

19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. A few days before, on 16 September 2017, the University of Chichester and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy will host a one-day symposium devoted to Arthur Rackham’s extraordinary legacy. Arthur Rackham was one of the leading illustrators in Britain’s ‘golden age’ of illustration, producing over 3,300 individual book illustrations and decorations. He was at the forefront of new printing technologies, with his pen, ink and watercolour illustrations ideally suited for the new techniques of reproducing illustrations as photographic plates rather than engravings. What’s more, his iconic depictions of fairies, goblins, witches and anthropomorphic trees created an unsurpassed landscape of the fantastic, which influenced the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. His illustrations for many of our best-loved fairy tales and fables have become definitive.

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