Born on October 22, 1882,  in Toulouse, France, Edmund Dulac, an illustrator prominent during the The Golden Age of Illustration that  lasted from the 1880s until shortly after World War I, 1918. At age 22 he illustrated the collected works of the Brontë sisters.

Books with his illustrations include:

1.  Edmund Dulac’s Fairy Book — 1916  (“Urashima was so enchanted that he could not speak a word.”)

The Story Of Urashima Taro

2.  Stealers of the Light — 1916  (” The light had escaped from her dying hands.”) 

3.  Daughters of the Stars — 1939  (“The next minute, the wind was beneath them.”)

4.  Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s The Tanglewood Tales — 1918 (Medea) Medea (Tanglewood Tales, The Minotaur)- Edmund Dulac: "Medea shook her hands over the multitude below."

5.  The Kingdom of the Pearl — 1920 (Birth of the Pearl)

6.  Stories from The Arabian Nights — 1907  


7.  Shakespeare’s The Tempest — 1908 (Elves and Fairies

8.  The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam — 1909 (Vision)   

9.  The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales — 1910 (Evil Fairy)

10.  Stories from Hans Christian Andersen — 1911 (The Real Princess) File:Edmund Dulac - Princess and pea.jpg

11.  The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe — 1912 (Fairyland)

12.  Princess Badoura — 1913

13.  The Dreamer of Dreams  by  Queen Marie of Romania — 1915zuppadivetro:


“Everything about her was white, glistening and shining…” - The Dreamer of Dreams by the Queen of Roumania
Edmund Dulac - (1915)

14.  Edmund Dulac’s Picture Book  — 1915 (Layla)   Layla
by Edmund Dulac

15.  Gods and Mortals in Love 1935 (Selene and Endymion)

16.  The Little Mermaid — 1911 (“He asked her who she was?”) File:Edmund Dulac - The Mermaid - The Prince.jpg

17.  The Snow Queen — 1911 (The Snow Queen Flies Through the Winter’s Night)

18.  The Nightingale — 1911 (Is it possible?”)File:Edmund Dulac - The Nightingale 2.jpg

19.  The Garden of Paradise –1911 (“His grandmother had told him.”)File:Edmund Dulac - The Garden of Paradise - grandmother.jpg

20.  Beauty and the Beast — 1910 (Beauty in the Garden)

21.  Fairies I Have Met — 1910 (“Drop of Crystal was too busy to speak.”) 

22.  Le Papillon Rouge (The Red Butterfly) –1909 ( The Entomologist’s Dream)

Princess Badoura and the Astrologer, 1913

Drawing portraitures,  designed theater costumes, set designs, book-plate, chocolate boxes, and medals were other uses for his artistic talents. He also illustrated caricatures for weekly magazines such as  The Outlook, published in London, The American Weekly, a Sunday supplement of the Hearst newspaper chain in the United States and Country Life, another British weekly magazine.

He had another illustrious career designing postage stamps for Great Britain including the head of King George VI, issued to commemorate his Coronation on May 13,  1937 and all subsequent stamp designs during his reign. Other stamps with his designs commemorated the 1948 Summer Olympics, the Festival of Britain, the Wilding series stamps, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Designing banknotes for Free France during World War II was another project he undertook. On May 25, 1953, before completion of his last commissioned work, Milton’s Comus, he died of a heart attack.

In 1995, Ann Hughey compiled a bibliography – Edmund Dulac – His Book Illustrations: A Bibliography, which lists over 800 editions of works that include illustrations by Edmund Dulac.


Poul Web Art Blog/Edmund Dulac

Images for Edmund Dulac

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia/Edmund Dulac

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Edmund Dulac’s Fairy Book

The Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

Candlelight Stories/The Arabian Nights

Chapter Excerpt and Illustrations from The Kingdom of the Pearl