Hear ye, Hear ye: Now Presenting John D. Batten

John D. Batten, page 1 from Europa's Fairy Book

John D. Batten, page 1 from Europa’s Fairy Book (1916).

In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, I am sharing the work of one of my favorite fairy tale illustrators: John D. Batten.

               John Dickson Batten was an English illustrator and painter most known for collaborating with English fairy tale anthologist Joseph Jacobs. His illustrations populate Jacobs’ books: English Fairy Tales (1890), Celtic Fairy Tales (1892 anthology), More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894), More English Fairy Tales (1894), Indian Fairy Tales (1912), European Folk and Fairy Tales (also known as Europa’s Fairy Book). He also illustrated a version of Dante’s Inferno and wrote two books of poetry!

Here are some of my favorite John D. Batten illustrations:

John D. Batten, illustration of Tam Lin

John D. Batten, illustration of Tam Lin

John D. Batten, illustration of Mr. Fox from English Fairy Tales (1890)

John D. Batten, illustration of Mr. Fox from English Fairy Tales (1890)

 

 

Resources:

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