Images to Tell a Story
crystilogic:

‘Maggie meets the fairies in the wood’, illustration by Arthur Hughes from Speaking Likenesses by Christina Rossetti (1874). The sense of focus is pretty amazing.
23silence:

Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) - Forget me not
oldbookillustrations:

Mercy.
Arthur Hughes, from English illustration, ‘the sixties’ : 1857-70, by Gleeson White, London, 1903.
(Source: archive.org)
Arthur Hughes ~ Frontispiece ~ The Meeting of Sir Galahad and Sir Percivale ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes: Illustrations for George MacDonald’s Phantastes

The following eighteen illustrations by Arthur Hughes illustrate George MacDonald’s Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, 1905.

George MacDonald’s son, Greville, edited this definitive edition, and he considered it to be the perfect marriage of illustration and text.

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Bibliographic citation: Phantastes: A Faerie Romance For Men and Women by George MacDonald, ill. by Arthur Hughes, edited by Greville MacDonald; London: Arthur C. Fifield, 1905

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Preface to Phantastes by Greville MacDonald:

“For offering this new edition of my father’s Phantastes, my reasons are three. The first is to rescue the work from an edition illustrated without the author’s sanction, and so unsuitably that all lovers of the book must have experienced some real grief in turning its pages. With the copyright I secured also the whole of that edition and turned it into pulp.

My second reason is to pay a small tribute to my father by way of personal gratitude for this, his first prose work, which was published nearly fifty years ago. Though unknown to many lovers of his greater writings, none of these has exceeded it in imaginative insight and power of expression. To me it rings with the dominant chord of his life’s purpose and work.

My third reason is that wider knowledge and love of the book should be made possible. To this end I have been most happy in the help of my father’s old friend, who has illustrated the book. I know of no other living artist who is capable of portraying the spirit of Phantastes; and every reader of this edition will, I believe, feel that the illustrations are a part of the romance, and will gain through them some perception of the brotherhood between George MacDonald and Arthur Hughes.”

GREVILLE MACDONALD, September 1905

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Read George MacDonald’s full text and see all of the illustrations by Arthur Hughes at The University of Adelaide Library.

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If you re-blog these illustrations, please keep the artist credit, identifying information, and the source link. Thanks!

Arthur Hughes ~ There Stood on the Threshold a Tiny Woman-Form ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ The Branches and Leaves Were in Motion ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ I Felt Two Large Soft Arms Thrown Round Me ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ I Gazed After Her In a Kind of Despair ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ I Found Myself In a Little Cave ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ "A Runner with Ghostly Feet" ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ The Maiden Came Along Singing and Dancing ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ In the Woods and Along the River Banks ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ She Lay with Closed Eyes ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via
Arthur Hughes ~ I Sprang to Her, and Laid My Hand on the Harp ~ Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald ~ 1905 ~ via