Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Warwick Goble

Gah! It’s been ages since I put together an artist spotlight. Today, I decided to showcase Warwick Goble. I’ve seen plenty of his pictures, especially around Pinterest, but didn’t get curious about the man himself until a few days ago. Here are the stats…

Born: November 22, 1862 in Dalton, north London.

Studied: At the City of London School and Westminster School of Art.

Illustrated: Children’s books with titles like The Book of Fairy Poetry and Tod of the Fens. You can’t get much better than that.

Known for: An interest in Indian and Japanese fairy tales.

Died: January 22, 1943 in Surrey, England.

…And here are the pictures. Enjoy!

The Water Babies (1909)
From The Book of Fairy Poetry (1920)

The Frog Prince
Folk Tales of Bengal (1912)
Urashima Taro


  1. What beautiful artwork! I think my favorites are the last two, or else "The Water Babies." They look so interesting and intricate! Thank you for sharing Warwick Goble—I'd never heard of him before!

    By the way, I tagged you for the Blogging Community Tag, if you are interested! http://semilegacy.blogspot.com/2015/07/blogging-community-tag.html

    1. I love his illustrations--they remind me a bit of Arthur Rackham's work, though they're not quite as weird.I'm glad you liked them too--it's always cool to discover new artists. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh my, this is so pretty I can't even. I've always been a sucker for folk tales and fairies, and it looks like Goble has plenty of these. Thank you for this amazing spotlight!

    PS: In school we used to have these soft round marble-like things called water babies. Huh.

    1. It's fantastic because you can find a TON of his work online. I especially like his illustrations for The Water Babies--it's a pretty old book that was read to me when I was little, but I can't say I remember much of the story. Thanks for commenting!