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The Prince leading the lady to the tomb

Book Illustration
1914 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Brief description
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.
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.
Dimensions
  • Paper size (image is smaller) height: 36.1cm
  • Paper size (image is smaller) width: 29.3cm
Checked by S.Solicari 13/07/05
Styles
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)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Henry Herbert Harrod
Subjects depicted
Literary reference1001 Arabian Nights
Summary
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.
Bibliographic reference
Sinbad the Sailor, and other stories from the Arabian Nights. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1914, plate facing page 152.
Collection
Accession number
E.391-1948

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