Rip Van Winkle – Arthur Rackham and N.C. Wyeth

You may have noticed by now that I am a little bit obsessed with N.C. Wyeth. As I’m writing these posts I am preparing for a trip back East to Philadelphia, once home to Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Maxfield Parrish. Philadelphia has a remarkable library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, where you can see N.C. Wyeth paintings hanging on the wall in the basement level children’s section, or see original Arthur Rackham drawings on the top floor in the rare book room. This has got me thinking about the two different versions of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle illustrated by Arthur Rackham and N.C. Wyeth. We carry the Arthur Rackham version at logos, but I had not seen the N.C. Wyeth version until I discovered it accidentally on archive.org.  Below you can read or download either version:

Rip Van Winkle Illustrated by Arthur Rackham (download) or pick up a copy available at Logos Books & Records for $12.95

Rip van Winkle Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth (download)

Janina

Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from stickers and posters to science illustration, embroidery to zines, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation.