Fairy Child's Play: Richard Doyle 1870

Fairy Child's Play: Richard Doyle 1870

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  • Author: Richard Doyle
  • Date: 1870
  • Medium: Color engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 12 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Centimeters: 32.06 x 6.41
  • Product ID: 002138

Richard "Dickie" Doyle was a notable Victorian illustrator, his work frequently appearing in popular publications such as Punch magazine. He drew the cover of Punch's first issue and created the magazine's masthead, a design that would remain in use for over a century.


His masterpiece is undoubtedly In Fairyland, a series of Pictures from the Elf World, from whence our plates come. Accompanied by a poem by William Allingham, the work was printed by Edmund Evans and published by Longman in time for Christmas 1869 (dated 1870). In the 16 color plates and 36 line illustrations plus title page, Doyle was given a completely free hand. The folio has been described as one of the finest examples of Victorian book production (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, 1991 p. 12).

He was the uncle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.