Irish Fairy Tales


Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens ; illustrated by Arthur Rackham

London : MacMillan & Co., 1920

709.42RAC, NGI Art Library

Irish Fairy Tales is an adaptation of literary tales taken from ancient Irish literature.  Written by James Stephens, the Irish novelist and poet, it was publised in 1920 while he was working as Registrar in the National Gallery of Ireland.  The book features monochrome and coloured illustrations by the English artist, Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), regarded as one on the great illustrators of the 20th century.  The image above is taken from the story  of ‘The boyhood of Fionn’.