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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jesus Blasco

(See also Wonderful Weddings and Perfect Princesses for additional examples of Jesus Blasco's work.)

Jesus Blasco (1919 - 1995) was a Spanish artist, considered by many to be the master of comic book art. As with Ron Embleton he did not only produce children's art but it is Blasco's fairytale illustrations that I think have the greatest appeal.  He illustrated many well know children's classics such as Gulliver's Travels and Alice in Wonderland.  He is also well known for his incredibly detailed paintings of fairies, elves and mermaids and even produced a number of illustrations of 'modern' families in contemporary settings.

But it is Blasco's wonderful depiction of The Water Babies that I have chosen to include here.  The attention to detail is extraordinary, the finished results are both enchanting and ethereal.

More pictures from this lovely story can also be seen at the post called Marvellous Mermaids (7 Oct 2011)



Jesus Blasco - The Water Babies
Illustrations from various issues of 'Once Upon a Time' magazine  

Hidden Dublin - Marsh's Library  

The earliest public library in Ireland built in 1701. Situated in St Patrick's Close, next to St Patrick's Cathedral. It is unique in that it is one of very few buildings in Dublin still being used for its original purpose. Some books still occupy the same shelf positions they were allocated in 1709. A number of these original books have comments in their margins written by Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels) during his tenure as dean of St Patrick's Cathedral.


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