Harry Clarke Colouring Book
Casebound book with a special lay-flat binding and sturdy, flexible cover
108 pages with 50 images to color on high-quality paper
Size: 5½ x 8½ in.
Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.
Published with the British Library
Irish artist Harry Clarke (1889–1931) brought to life many characters and scenes of classic literature during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the golden age of book illustration. Clarke’s first published book illustrations (Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, 1916) garnered high praise and prompted further commissions. His often darkly theatrical interpretations of the art nouveau style—on paper and in stained glass—featured elongated figures fashioned with intricate patterns, fine detail, and refined line work. Although he struggled with poor health for much of his brief life and died from tuberculosis at age forty-one, Clarke was prolific and left behind a legacy of artistic excellence; his oeuvre continues to fascinate audiences to this day.
This coloring book features a selection of fifty black-and-white illustrations published in early twentieth-century books in the collection of the British Library: Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, and The Year’s at the Spring: An Anthology of Recent Poetry compiled by Lettice D’Oyly Walters.