Sunday, February 23, 2014

John Kettelwell Illustrates Aladdin

 
John Kettelwell is not the most well-known of illustrators but I've had this copy of The Story of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Knopf, New York: 1928) for many years and have meant to share it here for almost as long. I don't really know why I haven't until now except that each time I pick the book up I become more interested in enjoying the illustrations and the story than in writing about it. Anyway, the other day I came across an illustrated copy of Stephen Leacock's Nonsense Novels and recognised the style instantly as Mr Kettelwell, so I was prompted, finally, to post some scans of this wonderful book. Too easy to say he's like Beardsley, he's no imitator, there is real imagination and style here all of his own.





3 comments:

J said...

Well, it can't be denied that the last two pictures are *very* Beardsley...

LibraryOfAntinous said...

In my humble opinion, Kettelwell's work resembles that of Beresford Egan's more than Beardsley. Lovely work, nonetheless.

Jim said...

Talking (or not) of Beardsley, this looks interesting:
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21761/lot/182/

 
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