June 19, 2016

Elizabeth MacKinstry: Unknown Gem

Are you familiar with the illustrations if Elizabeth MacKinstry, because I wasn't until very recently. Yet, MacKinstry was an active, well regarded 20th century fairy tale illustrator.

Not much is available in terms of biography for McKinstry. Apparently she was quite the violinist when young and she later studied art with Rodin. Yet, she suffered with tuberculosis of the spine, and eventually turned to illustration as her occupation.

MacKinstry had many productive years as an illustrator, and her style, which, to my eye, was influenced by William Blake, has a charming simplicity. Art Deco styling seems to be prevelant in her work, but I'll let you decide.

I'm not sure about which tales the images below are from, so just enjoy!

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