Edmund Dulac

I haven’t seen a lot of this guy’s work, but a few days ago I saw a Dover collection of some of his work and was very impressed.  The images I found below are all fairy tale and Shakespeare illustrations.  Dulac’s early stuff is the sort of thing you see a lot of in early 20th century illustration, but I think it is interesting that some of his other work tends to mimic the style of the culture he’s depicting, particularly in his Greek and Japanese illustrations.  His later work is more “modern” looking, so his style must have evolved over time.

from The Tempest

also from the Tempest

Tempest again


Jason & Medea -- sort of a modern Minoan look

A Japanese style illustration, also by Dulac

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  1. Love it. I had book on folklore that had a couple of works from him. Great stuff.

  2. Very nice. Kind of reminiscent of SF & Fantasy covers from the 60s & 70s.

  3. Edmund Dulac is fantastic! I use him pretty regularly. It’s a shame that sometimes the scans available are blurry. Did the Dover collection that you saw have a disc with it?

    • No, it didn’t. I do like that so many Dover art books include digital copies though!
      It was ISBN 9780486479118, “An Edmund Dulac treasury : 116 color illustrations.” It was mostly full-page reproductions.

  4. Thanks for putting him on display. What a genius he was.

  5. SurLaLune has a few of his illos but I don’t know if there are any you don’t have posted. He’s one of my favorites.


  6. I really dig Prospero holding the sword above. Doesn’t look like he is up to much good there.

    wrt SurLaLune. There goes the afternoon.

  7. He’s the bomb. I actually have that golden building one somewhere queued up to post. I’d never seen that top pic though, and I can use that to make a harpy silhouette, so thanks.

  8. Good stuff. I used the Urashima-taro pic (the last, Japanese one) and a few other Chinese themed pics by Dulac in Flying Swordsmen.

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