Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939, British)

Arthur Rackham and his CatsArthur Rackham (1867 – 1939, British) was born in Lewisham, one of 12 children. At 17, he went to Australia for health reasons. A year later he started working as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892, he started working as a reporter and illustrator for the Westminster Budget. By 1893, Rackham had published his first book illustrations and after illustrating The Prisoner of Zenda, he never turned back. It was his  illustrations of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle in 1905 that brought him notoriety. However, Rackham also exhibited his works, particularly at the Louvre in Paris.

Rackham’s work is seen as a fusion between northern European style and Japanese woodblock techniques used in the early 19th century. His images are highly graphic and detailed. As a cat lover, his illustrations capture the true wildness and charm of the feline characters he depicted.

Rackham’s drawings are still very popular today. Many of his images are used as greeting cards, and his works are sought after by major international auction houses. Walt Disney was inspired by his work and Tim Burton even bought the illustrator’s house.

Arthur Rackham succumbed to cancer in 1939 at his home in Limpsfield, Surrey.

Rackham, cat illustration



Arthur Rackham, Cat watercolor



Rackham Black Cat 1907



Arthur Rackham, Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland

Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland



Arthur Rackham, Nothing but Cats illustration

Nothing but Cats illustration



Arthur Rackham, Witch and Cat illustration



By Day She Made Herself into a Cat 1920 Arthur Rackham

By Day She Made Herself into a Cat, 1920



Cat and Bird, Arthur Rackham



Cat and Imp, Arthur Rackham

Cat and Imp



Cat Illustration, Arthur Rackham

Hansel and Gretel cat, Arthur Rackham

Hansel and Gretel Cat



Maggie Brown, Arthur Rackham



The Cat and the Cock, Arthur Rackham illustration



The Cat Pounces, Arthur Rackham

The Cat Pounces



Tomasso the cat confronts Loretta the parrot, Arthur Rackham

Tomasso the cat confronts Loretta the parrot

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