Near the Devil’s Fingers, Jenkins sees;
“The elder thicket was flowering, blossom like hoar frost, a faint sprinkling of browonish red, powdered over the green and white ivy-strangled tree-trunks, gnarled and twisted, as in an Arthur Rackham goblin-haunted illustration.” [HSH 150/ 161]
Arthur Rackham (1867- 1939) was the preeminent children’s book illustrator of the early twentieth century. Like Beardsley, he began his career as an insurance clerk. One of the first books he illustrated was The Ingoldsby Legends (1898). He was a master of gnarled tree trunks, often inhabited by little people; we show just a couple of many possible examples.
The list of classic works that Rackham illustrated is long, including Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Wind in the Willows, and Alice in Wonderland, among many others.