Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Clarke, Harry

Working name of Irish illustrator Henry Patrick Clarke (1889-1931) whose theatrical, decadent pen-and-ink Illustration owes much to that of Aubrey Beardsley. His drawings have a dark intensity, consisting of strongly delineated figures richly and meticulously embellished with pattern.

HC was the son of a church decorator and stained-glass artist. After brief study in London he attended Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, specializing in stained glass, which he subsequently took up professionally. He also worked as a textile designer and mural painter.

His editions include Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (1916 UK), Goethe's Faust (1925 UK), Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1919 UK), Algernon Swinburne's Selected Poems (1928 UK) and The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1922). [RT]

further reading: Harry Clarke (1979) by Nicola Gordon Bowe; Harry Clarke: His Graphic Art (1984) by Bowe.

Henry Patrick Clarke


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