The Dance in Cupid's Alley 1904 by Arthur Rackham 1867-1939Yesterday was the birthday of Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939), one of the foremost illustrators of the Golden Age and one of my artistic heroes and influences (though I can scarcely imagine an illustrator for whom he wasn’t so in some way). I wanted to share something of his in celebration sooner but was nursing a severe headache.

I could no more choose an ultimate favourite illustration by him than I can — I don’t know — give up drawing, I suppose. But here is a favourite, at any rate.

Arthur Rackham, The Dance in Cupid’s Alley, 1904.