Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was one of the great figures from the Golden Age of Illustration. Born in Toulouse, France, Dulac was artistically inclined from adolescence. He switched from law to art and moved to London where he was in tremendous demand from publishers.
The so-called Golden Age of Illustration spanned over four decades from the 1880s into the 1920s, and saw memorable artistic works in books and magazines from the likes of Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, N.C. Wyeth and others. After World War I ended, demand for illustrated deluxe books tailed off and Dulac moved into other areas of design. He died in 1953 of a heart attack while illustrating John Milton’s Comus. He was 70 years old.