>I am very excited to announce a new acquisition, which came from an art gallery in London. This charming original pen-and-ink drawing was done (and is signed by) Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), one of the greatest British book illustrators of all time. It was acquired with funds given in honor of emeritus trustee Martha Sherman by her late husband, as a companion piece to the collection of Rackham-illustrated books Mrs. Sherman gave to the Library in 2000.
The title of the piece is “the country quarrellers.”
Rackham began illustrating books in 1894, and his fame grew as he illustrated works such as The Ingoldsby Legends (1898), Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare (1899), Rip Van Winkle (1905), Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1908). His last set of designs were done shortly before his death, for an edition of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.