This is a collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, and includes works from their collections of children's literature, prints and pictures and rare books. Represented are actors and artists, silversmiths and monarchs, journalists and ornithologists. Among the book artists who closely worked together are William and Catherine Blake, Diane and Leo Dillon, Donna and Peter Thomas, and Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon.
|William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) [Collection of The Rosenbach, Philadelphia]|
The collaboration of Ricketts and Shannon was certainly intense in their early days. However, each was an artist in his own right, and both signed their own works. Only at the early stages of their careers, one can see a few truly collaborative works, such as Hero and Leander, Daphnis and Chloe, and A House of Pomegranates.
|Charles Shannon by Elliott and Fry, albumen cabinet card, c. 1900|
[National Portrait Gallery London]
Ricketts's illustrations can be found in between Wilde's words, on the same pages as the text of these fairy tales, but Shannon's prints are separately inserted.
At the Rosenbach, the beginning of the story of 'The Fisherman and His Soul' is on display. The pages show Ricketts's work only.
|Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates (1891) [The Rosenbach, Philadelphia]|
[Thanks are due to Sara Davis and The Rosenbach for the illustration of the Blake and Wilde books.]
[My little series on Wilde's Poems - see blog 346 and 347 - will be continued.]