“He became, in my eyes, a wizard who with one touch of his magic wand would people my imagination with elves, gnomes and leprechauns. He would make me gaze fixedly at a majestic tree with massive trunk, and tell me about the little men who blew their horns in elfland. He would say that under the roots of that tree, the little men had their dinner and churned the butter they extracted from its sap. He would also make me see queer animals and birds in the branches of the tree, and a magic door beneath its trunk…”
From Walter Starkie’s memoirs of his famous uncle, Arthur Rackham. Frontispiece for “Imagina,” Arthur Rackham, 1914.
Text and image source: Edmund Dulac https://www.facebook.com/189134157844043/posts/2906310222793076/