Dressing Baby Elves: Richard Doyle 1870

Dressing Baby Elves: 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: 002141

Richard "Dickie" Doyle was a notable Victorian illustrator. His work frequently appeared, among other places, in Punch magazine; he drew the cover of the first issue, and designed the magazine's masthead, a design that was used for over a century.

His masterpiece is undoubtedly In Fairyland, a series of Pictures from the Elf World, from whence our plates come. The work is accompanied by a poem by William Allingham, was printed by Edmund Evans and published by Longman in time for Christmas 1869 (dated 1870). In the 16 colour 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.