Autodidact: self-taught

Jan
22
2013

Classic Illustrations of Poe’s Works

by V. L. Craven

 

Arthur Rackham

This page has Arthur Rackham’s illustrations to Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I’d only known Rackham as a delicate water-colour fairy-painter, so seeing his other types of illustrations was an eye-opener.

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

This plate for ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ has the feel I’d expect from Rackham.

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

This one, for ‘Premature Burial’, on the other hand, does not.

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

And this one from ‘Hop-Frog’ looks like an entirely different artist, as well.

 

Harry Clarke

Clarke’s illustrations of several Poe stories is here. While Clarke’s illustrations don’t always match the pictures in my head (see ‘Cask of Amontillado’ and ‘Pit and the Pendulum’), some perfectly complement the story (‘Tell Tale Heart’ and ‘Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar) while others are far more terrifying than what I’d imagined (‘Maelstrom’ and ‘Premature Burial’). Then there’s the WTF element of ‘Masque of the Red Death’. Did someone toilet paper the villain? Is that why he killed everyone? I don’t even…

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

At least you can move around pretty easily… until your horrible death…

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

If the titular pit were designed by the Marquis de Sade… or Gautier

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

This one really captures the supreme ‘sanity’ of the protagonist, don’t you think?

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

The earliest artistic rendering of accelerated putrefaction? mmm putrefaction

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Holy jesus christ, make it stop!

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

NOPE

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

‘What is this shit?! The clock’s only barfed ticker tape on me! It’s *on* now.’

 

Manet

Project Gutenberg has ‘The Raven’ with Manet’s illustrations . There are only a few, but it’s an important work.

My favourite is this:

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Gustave Doré

PG comes through again, this time with Dore’s illustrations of ‘The Raven’

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

“Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore.”

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

“Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

“Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.”

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

“Wandering from the Nightly shore.”

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!”

 

Edmund Dulac

Encore Editions has quite a few (perhaps all?) of Dulac’s illustrations of some of Poe’s poetry. It was extremely difficult to choose what to post here, as every one deserves to be appreciated. But here are a few:

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Edmund Dulac ‘Alone’

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Edmund Dulac ‘The Conqueror Worm’

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Edmund Dulac ‘The Raven’

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Edmund Dulac ‘To One in Paradise’

 

Classic Illustrations of Poes Works

Edmund Dulac ‘The Valley of Unrest’

 

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