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.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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…

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

The earliest artistic rendering of accelerated putrefaction? mmm putrefaction

The earliest artistic rendering of accelerated putrefaction? mmm putrefaction

 

Looking at this gives me an anxiety attack

Holy jesus christ, make it stop!

 

NOPE

NOPE

 

'What the shit?! The clock's barfed ticker tape on me! It's *on* now.'

‘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:

Manet The Raven

Gustave Doré

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

"Wandering from the Nightly shore."

“Wandering from the Nightly shore.”

 

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

“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:

Edmund Dulac 'Alone'

Edmund Dulac ‘Alone’

 

Edmund Dulac 'The Conqueror Worm'

Edmund Dulac ‘The Conqueror Worm’

 

Edmund Dulac 'The Raven'

Edmund Dulac ‘The Raven’

 

Edmund Dulac 'To One in Paradise'

Edmund Dulac ‘To One in Paradise’

 

Edmund Dulac 'The Valley of Unrest'

Edmund Dulac ‘The Valley of Unrest’

 

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