Arthur Rackham Collection Features on Oxford Podcasts

31 August 2021

Trinity College’s Librarian Emma Sillett is featured on a new Oxford University podcast discussing the college’s collection of Arthur Rackham illustrations.

Arthur Rackham was an English book illustrator recognised for its robust pen and ink drawings, which were combined with the use of watercolour, a technique he developed due to his background as a journalistic illustrator. He was an influential illustration during the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration (which roughly encompassed the years from 1890 until 1918). His illustrations of fairy tales and fantasy books are particularly well known; the podcast explored the collection of Rackham’s fantasy illustrations in Trinity’s Danson Library collection, including editions of fairy tales, Milton's Comus, Wagner's Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods, and more.

Emma Sillett says: ‘It was a joy to explore some of Trinity’s Arthur Rackham illustrated books with Caroline. I hope this podcast episode gives audiences a glimpse into the incredibly rich and varied Danson Library at Trinity, and a sense of the potential for study that Trinity’s expertly-catalogued Rackham collection offers.’