Richard Doyle was a household name in Victorian England and was well known for his illustrations of everyday life and fairy subjects. In 1843 he joined the staff of Punch, for which he designed the famous cover in 1849. He created Fairy Land illustrations for many stories including Ruskin's The King of the Golden River and Thackeray's The Newcomes, Leigh Hunt's The Pot of Honey and Andrew Lang's Princess Nobody; in all he illustrated twenty-seven books become 1849 and 1884 and innumerable magazine illustrations. (Fairy Folk)
Fairy Folk in Fairy Land. London: Peter Naham at Leicester Galleries, 1997.
Fantastic Illustration and Design in Britain, 1850-1930, exhib. cat. Providence, RI: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1979.
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