Posted on | January 3, 2014 | 7 Comments
Last month the British Library released over 1 million images from a selection of 17th, 18th and 19th century books. The images are available on Flickr for anyone to use, remix and repurpose and they are a treasure trove for those of us interested in illustration. I spent quite few hours over the winter holiday trawling through the images and here are some of my favourite featuring books:
Image taken from page 105 of ‘[A Child's Garden of Verses ... Second edition.]‘
Image taken from page 52 of ‘Artful Anticks. [In verse. With illustrations.]‘
Image taken from page 67 of ‘Belle and the Dragon. An elfin comedy’
Image taken from page 152 of ‘[A Child's Garden of Verses ... Second edition.]‘
Image taken from page 106 of ‘[A Child's Garden of Verses ... Second edition.]‘
Several of these images are taken specifically from children’s books included in the Flickr set. The public is being invited to tag books, and so I’ve started building a set dedicated to children’s book illustration, to which you could also contribute: simply tag any image you believe to come from a children’s book with “children’s book illustration” (using the quotes).
The direct URL for the ‘Children’s Book Illustration’ set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/sets/72157638906393085/ (Thanks to Nora McGregor @ndalyrose, Curator, Digital Research Team at the British Library for help with this!)
Some of my favourite illustrations from children’s books in the British Library Flickr stream are these:
Image taken from page 145 of ‘Pictures and Songs for Little Children’
Image taken from page 175 of ‘Belle and the Dragon. An elfin comedy’
Image taken from page 37 of ‘Artful Anticks. [In verse. With illustrations.]‘
It’s easy to lose oneself in the repository of images but with that warning, do take a look and let me know of any you find which you particularly like!
The British Library Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/
Images tagged “children’s book illustration”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/tags/childrensbookillustration/