Antipodean Fantasy

(11-06-2009 - romanzieri in news.)

These pictures were scanned a while back from a couple of secondary compilation books on loan, but I’m afraid I’ve lost the book titles.
The first four decades of the 20th century were the ‘golden age’ of Australian book illustration, particularly in the fantasy – [a word applied loosely to some of the above examples]- genre. The above array is nowhere near comprehensive and I’ve intentionally left out Dorothy Wall, for instance, who will turn up in a dedicated post somewhere along the line in the future. Even if you didn’t own works by the most famous of the Australian fantasy illustrators (I didn’t…I don’t think), many of their characters were – are – an inescapable part of the visual patchwork in the background, growing up here. Not too shabby really…

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