Endpapers for Goethe's Faust. Art by Harry Clarke. New York: Dingwall,Rock Ltd., (1927). Limited Edition Signed by Clarke
Born in Dublin, Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was one of Ireland’s greatest stained glass artists. He created over 160 stained glass windows for religious and commercial commissions and his name is synonymous with quality craftsmanship in his stained glass work. Clarke was also a renowned book illustrator for the London publisher Harrap during the first quarter of the 20th century, regarded as the golden age of gift-book illustration. His first printed work was Hans Christian Anderson’s “Fairy Tales” (1916), followed by Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” (1919). Perhaps his most famous work is Goethe’s “Faust,” which prefigures the disturbing psychedelic imagery of the 1960’s. He created 8 color plates and some 80 black & white illustrations for this work.