This blog is supposed to be focused on the illustrators of the 50s, 60s and 70s. But my first proper post was about a book from the 30s, and now I’m going to go all the way back to the turn of the 20th century.
H. R. Millar was a Scottish illustrator of the Golden Age. He worked from the 1890s to the 1920s. He worked primarily, if not exclusively, in black and white – I’ve found a set of books where Millar did the pen-and-ink drawings and another artist, Frank C. Papé, did the colour plates. His stuff seems to fit the qualities I’ve outlined for “heroic age” illustrators – the human level, the lack of sentimentality, the penmanship – half a century early.
The examples here are from E. Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle (1907).
If it wasn’t for the fashions, this could be an artist from the 50s. And is he the only one? Is Millar an anomaly, or could it be that the heroic age has its origins much earlier than I thought?