Famous English book illustrator
best known for his work on fairy tales and children's books
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
Based on J. M. Barrie's The Little White Bird (1902), the book focuses
on the figure of Peter Pan, a baby who lives in Kensington Gardens with
Rackham's deluxe and trade editions of the book both contained a color
frontispiece and forty-nine color plates as well as endpapers with a map
of Kensington Gardens. This publication became "the outstanding
Christmas gift-book" of 1906.
This picture beautifully exemplifies the Victorians' contradictory view of childhood,
with the beauty and innocence of Maimie's china-doll face contrasted with the image
of a gnarled yet intriguing fancy that appears in the anthropomorphized flower and
Rackham's self-caricatured pointy nose and glasses.