The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by Edmund Dulac

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.

Dulac's most famous works of art include beautiful illustrations for books like the Arabian Nights, Sleeping Beauty, Stories from Hans Christian Andersen and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

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.

Dulac's Art:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
The Tempest
William Shakespeare

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám with Illustrations by Edmund Dulac
Omar Khayyam

Fairy Garland - an Illustration by Edmund Dulac
Fairy Garland
Edmund Dulac

Princess Badoura. A Tale From the Arabian Nights. With illustrations by Edmund Dulac
Princess Badoura
Laurence Housman

Dulac's Books:

The Dreamer of Dreams by The Queen of Roumania  with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
The Dreamer of Dreams
The Queen of Roumania

The Tempest by William Shakespeare - Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
The Tempest
William Shakespeare

The Golden Cockerel by Alexander Pushkin, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac
The Golden Cockerel
Alexander Pushkin

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