Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Arabian Nights

The Guardian newspaper website published a fascinating article recently on the history of the illustrated versions of The One Thousand and One Nights. It delves into the history of the West's relationship with the tales, how the illustrations have been instrumental in their popularity and how the pictures reflect the Occident's changing view of the Near East.

I will be blogging a bit more about the Nights in future, as it's been the inspiration for a recently completed project.

You can read the article here.

Some of my favorite images are below.

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  1. Great article and I'll definitely be getting a copy of that book. Hope they mention RenĂ© Bull’s 1912 illustrations, which I used for the Tales of the Arabian Nights boardgame - I bought several inferior reprints before I managed to track down two copies of the original edition, which seems to be the only one with the full complement of beautiful colour plates. I love his work but he seems to have been relatively forgotten, which is a great shame.

  2. I have enjoyed the theatrical productions of this work.

    Paul Hess

  3. keep em coming tamtam - great stuff - never heard of rene bull so i googled him - lovely work - really getting back into ilustration at the moment - inspired by mervyn peake, rackham, druillet , roger dean and ian miller so obviously reliving my hippy routes - i shall investigate bull some more - thx ......

  4. lots of stuff on amazonne .......

  5. I owe you thanks - after mentioning that Guardian book review my girlfriend bought me the book as a present. Yay!

  6. @ Peter - glad to be of service!