The boxes were multifunctional and relativily easy to be caried around (the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood often took them on their painting trips). The big blocks of colors were similar to what we have today, minus the plastic cap that accompanies it of course.
Most of these boxes had drawers to keep additional stuff such as pencils, brushes and typical porcelain palettes. after a painting session the lid could be locked with a key. (The listings on Ebay with lower prices have often lost their key).
Arthur Rackham was an English illustrator and one of the most prolific in the so called golden age of illustration, he made his fame by illustrating gift books. These books were richly filled with not only black and white illustrations but also coloured illustrations that became more prevalent and affordable by the invention of color separating techniques at the end of the Victorian era.
The subjects of these books where often whimsical tales such as folk tales, fairytales, world literature, myths and legends etc. Arthur Rackham’s name is often said within the topic of fairytales. his work interests me because beautiful inked lines with many subtile washes of watercolor.
Here you can see of his work:
Welcome to this new art blog: Elaborateart.com. My name is Thomas, I am an illustrator and designer with a passion for visual art. The main goal of this blog is to tell the world about the things I am passionate about and to show beauty in visual art with a focus on historical and figurative art, illustration and design.
By historical art/design/illustration I mean anything that predates (post)modernism, my personal taste of art is rather eclectic my biggest interest is the nineteenth century or in the period before The Great War. this includes major art movements like: Symbolism, pre-Raphaelites, Art-Nouveau / Jugendstil, Japonism, Ukiyo-e, Nihonga, impressionism, the golden age of illustration etc.
New posts will appear 3-5 times per week or even more if the posts are smaller and contain more images.
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