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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Harry Clarke

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:13 pm

Harry Clarke on 50watts.com
Harry Clarke was a Irish illustrator and stained glass artist, active in the early 20th Century, in the latter part of the Golden Age of Illustration.

As an illustrator, he is known in particular for his work for Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales and Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

You can see the influence of earlier Golden Age greats like Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen and Aubrey Beardsley, but Clarke wove his influences into a unique and fascinating style. You can also see Clarke’s influence carried forward, for example in the work of contemporary comics artist and illustrator P. Craig Russell.

There is a particularly good resource of Clarke’s work on 50 Watts with excellently prepared images of his work, including his black and white Poe illustrations and a selection of detail crops from them, along with the text decorations and color plates.

There is also a wider selection of Clarke’s work, though with smaller images, on Grandma’s Graphics

[Obliquely via io9, (skip the FastCo Design link, it's poorly presented)]

[Note: some of the images (particularly the Poe color plates) should be considered NSFW and not suitable for children.]

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  1. Comment by Melissa
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Wow, that is some crazy amount of detail!

  2. Comment by aelle
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    He won three gold medals and two scholarships, but even the film on his life and work, written and directed by John J. Doherty won an award. What an extra ordinary man Harry Clarke was.
    Thank you, Charley, for the introduction.

  3. Comment by Bill Carman
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Thank you so much for this Charley. I used to copy this work as a youngster never really knowing anything about him.

  4. Comment by skopas
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    That’s called love and patience. And in doing what he did, he passed on the same to other artist’s. Just charming…

  5. Comment by Valentino
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I had luck to see his original pen&ink drawings in Dublin. They were nothing short of breathtaking.

  6. Comment by ceparie
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Very inspirational, thank you.

  7. Comment by Meghan Oona Clifford
    Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Wow! Thank you for introducing me to his work. So rich in detail, and reminds me just a bit of the movie The Secret of Kells, perhaps the Irish influence?

  8. Comment by Camel Productions
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    The film kindly mentioned above by Aelle is called HARRY CLARKE – DARKNESS IN LIGHT.
    It can be found here: http://www.camelproductions.net


  9. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    For the benefit of other readers, here is a direct link to information on the Harry Clarke film.

    For the benefit of Camel Productions, — you might ask your website designer to bring your site into the 21st century and remove the frames so that individual pages can be linked to and bookmarked.

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