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Book illustration - The Prince leading the lady to the tomb
  • The Prince leading the lady to the tomb
    Dulac, Edmund, born 1882 - died 1953
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The Prince leading the lady to the tomb

  • Object:

    Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dulac, Edmund, born 1882 - died 1953 (illustrator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry Herbert Harrod

  • Museum number:

    E.391-1948

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 1

Edmund Dulac was one of the leading illustrators at the beginning of the 20th century. He is known for his vivid watercolour illustrations, inspired by Indian and Persian miniature paintings. This illustration was for one of his very successful Christmas books, published in London by Hodder & Stoughton from 1907 until 1939. Favourite themes of these books were traditional fairy tales or Eastern stories such as this one, a scene from Sinbad the Sailor and other Stories from the Arabian Nights (1914). The drama in this picture also reflects Dulac's interest in designing stage sets for the theatre.

Dulac's debut as a book illustrator came at a time when a new method of printing in colour was introduced into the book industry. Four-colour process blocks allowed colour to be printed more accurately from the originals than before, which showed Dulac's work to advantage.

Physical description

This moonlit scene is set in a graveyard with a domed tomb to the left. A man leads a woman towards the entrance to the tomb. Both are dressed in richly coloured Persian costume which contrasts against the blue tones of the rest of the painting.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1914 (made)

Artist/maker

Dulac, Edmund, born 1882 - died 1953 (illustrator)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Edmund Dulac /14
Signature; date; bottom right within frame of image; ink

The Prince leading the lady to the tomb / out of the Story of the First Calendar / Nr. 17
Inscription; decoration; below image; pencil

4194
top right above image; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 36.1 cm Paper size (image is smaller), Width: 29.3 cm Paper size (image is smaller)

Descriptive line

Book illustration probably to Sinbad the Sailor, and other Stories from the Arabian Nights'The Prince leading the lady to the tomb', by Edmund Dulac, in pencil and watercolour on paper, 1914.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Sinbad the Sailor, and other stories from the Arabian Nights. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1914, plate facing page 152.

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Watercolour

Techniques

Painted; Hand drawn

Subjects depicted

Man; Tomb; Night; Woman; Graveyard

Categories

Illustration; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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