Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland

Thomas Crofton Croker, 'Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland', 1826

Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland by Thomas Crofton Croker; illustrated by Daniel Maclise

London: John Murray, 1826

Although Maclise may be best known for his oil paintings, he also had success with his illustrations for books and magazines. These illustrations display his interest in Irish and medieval life, as well as the influence of Romanticism and contemporary German book illustrators. Maclise was an excellent draughtsman and these intricate and ornate illustrations provided him with the opportunity to showcase this skill.

Some of his earliest book illustrations appear in the second edition of Thomas Crofton Croker’s Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1826). The characters in these lively fairy stories are bordering on grotesque, with exaggerated features and comical expressions.