European Illustrations


34 works: 20 artists: 15 countries: spanning from 1863 to 1984

Images of mischievous satyrs, ethereal mermaids, and spell-casting witches in published tales of horror, adventure, and fantasy- from Don Quixote and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to works by Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Wells.

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Army of the Dead

Wladyslaw T. Benda (Polish, 1873-1948) 1917 Charcoal on paper 27 x 38” The Army of the Dead is an unusual work for Benda, who rarely worked with outright fantastic themes. It was produced at the outbreak of World War I as a recruiting poster for the Polish army, and depicts a legendary Polish cavalry brigade. It appears, however, that it was deemed too extreme and grotesque by the commission, as no record exists of the poster having been produced.