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The Golden Age of Illustration

1880's to 1920's


The Golden Age of Illustration was a period of unprecedented excellence in book and magazine illustration. It developed from advances in technology permitting accurate and inexpensive reproduction of art, combined with a voracious public demand for new graphic art.
 
In Europe, Golden Age artists were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and by such design-oriented movements as the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, and Les Nabis. Leading artists included Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen.
 
American illustration of this period was anchored by the Brandywine Valley tradition, begun by Howard Pyle and carried on by his students, who included N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Frank Schoonover and Edwin Austin Abbey.
        

 
 
Chronological Listing of Golden Age Illustrators
 
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Sir John Tenniel 1820-1914 English IllustratorAlice Stretches at the Neck
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Walter Crane 1845-1915 English IllustratorThe Earth And Spring, 1875
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Kate Greenaway 1846-1901 English IllustratorKate Greenaway: Mother and Child
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Edwin Austin Abbey 1852-1911 American Illustrator/MuralistCotton Culture
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Howard Pyle 1853-1911 American IllustratorHoward Pyle: Jackson's Brigade
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Louis John Rhead 1858-1926 English/American IllustratorWoman with Peacocks
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Jessie Willcox Smith 1863-1935 American IllustratorJessie Willcox Smith: Mother and Child
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Edward Penfield 1866-1925 American IllustratorHarper's Greyhound
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Beatrix Potter 1866-1943 English IllustratorBeatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit
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Charles Dana Gibson 1867-1944 American IllustratorYoung Female Artist at Work
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Arthur Rackham 1867-1939 English IllustratorArthur Rackham: The Mad Tea Party
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Maxfield Parrish 1870-1966 American IllustratorMaxfield Parrish: Morning
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Charles Robinson 1870-1937 IllustratorSummer
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Elizabeth Shippen Green 1871-1954 American IllustratorMaking a House
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Aubrey Beardsley 1872-1898 English IllustratorIsolde
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J.C. Leyendecker 1874-1951 American IllustratorArrow Shirts
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Violet Oakley 1874-1961 American Muralist 
Ivan Bilibin 1876-1942 Russian IllustratorVassilissa in The Forest
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Harrison Fisher 1877-1934 American IllustratorFashion Modes
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James Montgomery Flagg 1877-1960 American IllustratorI Want You for the U.S. Army
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Frank E. Schoonover 1877-1972 American IllustratorHopalong Cassidy, Cowboy
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Millicent Sowerby 1878-1967 English IllustratorFour Young Girls Sing as They Go Round the Mulberry Bush
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C. Coles Phillips 1880-1927 American IllustratorChristmas Greetings
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Joseph Clement Coll 1881-1921 American Illustrator 
Edmund Dulac 1882-1953 French IllustratorDulac: The Eastwind More Swiftly Flew
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N.C. Wyeth 1882-1945 American IllustratorN.C. Wyeth: Treasure Island
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Edward Julius Detmold 1883-1957 English Illustrator 
Kay Nielsen 1886-1957 Danish/American IllustratorThe Prince Looks Down on Sleeping Beauty
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