(1872-1942) Irish-born UK illustrator. One of the UK's most talented and prolific war artists, he first covered the Armenian massacres in 1896, then accompanied every UK campaign for the next 10 years. His graphic illustrations were published widely in national magazines and newspapers.
Like Edmund Dulac and Warwick Goble, RB was greatly influenced by Oriental art. His expert knowledge of Arab customs and costume led to his most admired book Illustrations, for editions of The Arabian Nights (1912) and The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1913). The latter work has remained in print for over 80 years.
RB illustrated several other fantasy classics, including editions of Jean de la Fontaine's Fables (1905), Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus (1906), Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (1926) and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1928). [RD]