Arthur Rackham R.W.S. (British, 1867-1939) Snow White and the seven dwarfs 25 x 15.5 cm. (9 3/4 x 6
Lot 167*
Arthur Rackham R.W.S. (British, 1867-1939) Snow White and the seven dwarfs 25 x 15.5 cm. (9 3/4 x 6 in.) unframed
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,487) inc. premium
Lot Details
Arthur Rackham R.W.S. (British, 1867-1939)
Snow White and the seven dwarfs
signed and dated 'A. Rackham 1900' l.r. and inscribed 'When they came home at evening they found Snowdrop lying on the ground'
watercolour and pen and ink on board
25 x 15.5 cm. (9 3/4 x 6 in.)
unframed

Footnotes

  • EXHIBITED:
    Loan exhibition of Modern Illustration,Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1901.

    LITERATURE:
    Brothers Grimm, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Constable and co., London, 1909.

    Arthur Rackham is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all the late nineteenth century illustrators of childrens' books. He began to contribute book illustrations from 1884 whilst he was training at the Lambeth School of Art. His name was made famous by an edition of Grimm's fairytales which was published in 1900 and for which the present work is an illustration. A second re-worked edition was published in 1909.

    This striking watercolour depicts the seven dwarfs discovering Snow White lying in their house after the huntsman, commanded to kill Snow White by the Queen, sets her free in the woods. The dwarfs, typically of Rackham, are full of character; their gnarled goblin-like faces express a mixture of concern, curiousity, love and anxiety for the young girl. There is also a sensual quality to the work; Snow White's expression is dreamy and sensuous, the dwarfs reach out in wonder to touch her long, slender white limbs.

    'Rackham's sense of design, his mise en page, is unerring...he finds attitudes, expressions and a sense of space and excitement that complement and illuminate his texts.'
    James Hamilton, Arthur Rackham, A Life with Illustration, London, 1990, p.11.
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