Eye Candy for Today: Herbert Railton pen and ink illustration

Herbert Railton pen and ink illustration: Entance to the Poets Corner, from A Brief Account of Westminster Abbey
Entance to the Poets Corner, from A Brief Account of Westminster Abbey; Herbert Railton

Railton was a well known 19th century British artist and illustrator, and is one of my favorite pen and ink artists.

His wonderful architectural renderings are a brilliant balance of detail and suggestion. Intricate textural passages can lead directly into areas where the drawing fades into obvious lines on paper; the transitions managed with elegant ease.

4 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Herbert Railton pen and ink illustration”

  1. I don’t know why but this is very nostalgic. It reminds me of my childhood and some faint memories of countryside. The books I loved as a child; Jack and the Beanstall, Malgudi Days, Tom Sawyer and Adventure, etc. Thanks for sharing this, I certainly liked it 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment, Betty. I actually feel nostalgic about Railton’s drawings too, but or a different reason. I encountered them in a book on pen drawing when I was fairly young.

  2. Railtons work is staggering. No better lineman ever. I wish there were better prints of his work, so rich, detailed that muvh gets lost in substandard printing . Anyone know where the originals are??? Best repros I’ve found were in Jim Vadenbovouers magazine on ink drawing

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