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Willy Pogany, born in 1882 in Hungary, was an artist and illustrator in the first half of last century, who worked on everything from children's books to books of poetry, history, magazine articles and ads, and much, much more.

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat - Illustrated by Willy Pogány
Willy Pogany - Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales (1913)
Willy Pogany - Tannhauser (1911)

Willy Pogany's Drawing Lessons
While other illustrators were confining themselves to an occasional tipped in plate buried among page after page of identical text blocks, Pogany broke the mold, designing elaborate pen and ink illustrations that surrounded the text, ornate capitals for the beginning of each page and calligraphy that turned the words into art. He is probably the artist most responsible for establishing what we think of as modern children’s book illustration.
The Adventures Of Odysseus And The Tale Of Troy
Odysseus Tells His Tale
Penelope Unraveling The Weave
via My Delineated Life: Adventurous Books
posted by the man of twists and turns (6 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Those are gorgeous, thanks for the post!
posted by Athanassiel at 10:07 PM on July 11, 2013

Thanks for this.
posted by peacay at 12:18 AM on July 12, 2013

The Rubaiyat video was really really awesome.

The worst thing about reading as an adult is how few beautifully illustrated pages crop up in my books.
posted by DigDoug at 7:30 AM on July 12, 2013

Oh, he is one of my favoritest ever.
posted by edheil at 8:07 AM on July 12, 2013

I love his work, thanks so much for this post.
posted by miaou at 8:34 AM on July 12, 2013

What an interesting post. They are lovely illustrations. Although he is certainly not a first-rate illustrator.

(I find it interesting that on some occasions his figure drawing is noticeably weak - his hands, for instance, or the torso of some of the female figures. And yet in other instances it's fine. That's odd - generally, if you can draw a thing, it's drawn.)
posted by glasseyes at 7:10 PM on July 12, 2013

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