The Art of Illustration - Henry Blackburn 1894 - W. H. Allen & Co., London - First Edition ‘The object of this book is to explain the modern systems and Book and Newspaper Illustration, and especially the methods of drawing for what is commonly called ‘process’, on which so many artists are now engaged.’

Henry Blackburn’s informative and appealing commentary on 19th century illustration, featuring numerous examples of the various forms of reproductions of drawings with accompanying descriptions of the methods employed. Chapters discuss everything from diagrams, daily illustrated newspapers, line drawing and sketching, to illustrative process such as the gelatine and half-tone, as well as wood engravings, illustrations from photographs, and decorative pages.

Beautifully presented with ninety-five black and white illustrations, many of them full-page, and featuring the works of prominent illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott, Daniel Vierge, and Walter Crane, among many others.
  Henry Blackburn was the owner of popular Victorian journal, London Society magazine. In 1896 he documented an increasing correlation between illustrators and painters, recommending that illustrators receive equal ‘recognition as original artists’. Blackburn also expressed a theory that illustrations appeared ‘where words fail to express’ or where ‘words fail to communicate the right meaning’.

Provenance: from the library of Agnes Styles, with a gift inscription from her grandfather, dated Christmas 1894.

Spectator Archive 1902, web. Elliot, Rethinking the Novel 47. Marks, Children’s Book Award Handbook 76.
Quarto. pp. xvi 240. Publisher’s red cloth over green cloth boards, gilt titles to cover and spine.
  Condition: Near fine, minor rubbing to extremities, a few gatherings beginning to separate.   Ref: 107510   Price: HK$ 1,800