- Also known as
primary name: Rackham, Arthur
- individual; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
- Illustrator and painter; born in Lewisham, London; educated at City of London School, 1879-83; worked as a clerk in Westminster Fire Office, 1885-92, while attending evening classes at Lambeth School of Art, where his fellow pupils were: Charles Shannon, Charles Ricketts and Thomas Sturge Moore; joined the staff of Pall Mall Budget as news and features illustrator, moving to the Westminster Budget and Westminster Gazette; his first book illustrations were published, 1893, with many commissions following including: 'The Ingoldsbury Legends', 1898. 'Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm', 1900, and for William Heinemann, 'Rip Van Winkle', 1905 and in 1907, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'; the period 1910 - 1920s was his most prolific, including illustrations for the Ring Trilogy; exhibited Leicester Galleries, 1905, and with the Watercolour Society, Society of Painters in Watercolours and at the Royal Academy; associate of the RWS, 1902 and member, 1908; member of the Art Workers' Guild, 1909, Master 1919; member of the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts; married the portrait painter Edyth Starkie, 1903.
- James Hamilton: 'Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration', Pavilion Books, London, 1990
James Hamilton: 'A...R...' ODNB
Richard Riall: 'A New Bibliography of Arthur Rackham'. 1994