Richard Doyle: Princess Nobody

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  • Richard Doyle (1824-1883) was one of the most popular British illustrators in 19th century. He was a son of caricaturist, brother of three (!) illustrators and an uncle of famous writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Doyle’s work was sensible and humorous and today he is probably most famous by his collaboration with legendary Punch Magazine. He designed the signature part with elves and fairies on the Punc’s cover which survived a full century!

    Fantastic creatures from fairy land are probably Doyle’s best work although his masterpiece In Fairyland commercially failed because the market could not accept so high price for a single book.

    Richard Doyle, who was known by his unreliability and lame excusses for not meeting the deadlines, could certainly create more but we have to be satisfied with books for kids and adults which he managed to finish.

    He collaborated with famous contemporaries like Mark Lemon, John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, John Leech, William Makepeace Thackeray, Dalziel brothers and Edmund Evans.

    In the featured  gallery I am presenting the color illustrations from Princess Nobody (1884), work based on the In Fairyland:

    Princess Nobody: Coverfairies and butterfliesfairies and birdsteasing a butterflyBirds singing to their queenElve in the nestPlaying with birdsWhat a babyBattle on insectsFight with mosquitoElves and the mushroomSleeping under the mushroomOut of the nestPrincess listeningIn the waterPrincess and suitorsTeasing the birdDisappointedTravel by waterWill you marry me?Hide and seekA kissCatchElve and the bug

    I hope you enjoyed the imaginary world of fairy creatures by Richard ‘Dicky’ Doyle. I know I did:)

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