UNDER WATER

This is one of the biggest tests of the illustrator's capacity to evoke the natural world - and many have failed the task.

01 from Les Silences de Colonel Bramble, illustration in pochoir by R.Moritz. Editions KRA Paris 1929 7 x16cms

02 Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne How to be a Perfect Husband Hutchinson, London, undated c1937


03 John Vernon Lord, illustration to The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear, Cape, London 1984,


There was an Old Person of Sheen,
Whose expression was calm and serene;
He sate in the water, and drank bottled porter,
That placid Old Person of Sheen.

 

04 editorial photograph US 1947

05 a character from Lionel Feininger's Kin-der-Kids, Chicago Tribune, 1906

06 Vegetius Renatus, De Re Militari Libri Quator, Perier, Paris, 1553, an underwater warrior from the classic military handbook.

07 Jacob Leupold, Theatrum Machinarum Hydrotechnicarum, Leipzig 1724. An image from the classic book on diving and techniques of underwater exploration.Flavius Vegetius, Vier Bucher der Ritterschaft.... a celebrated military handbook with a section on underwater warfare, and general spoiling with schnorkles. Published in Augsberg by Steiner in 1534.

08 from an advert for the Dow Chemical Company April 1942 , 23cms by 23cms.

09 FROM "The Mermaid" Dugald Stewart Walker's illustrated edition of the Fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson , Harrap London c1919;

JUNIOR TRUE BOOK OF THE OCEANS, Mary Gehr 1964

MEISHI TOKKAIDO 1850

ROY WILSON ANNUAL COVER C1936

WONDERS OF THE DEEP, The Wonder Book of What to do c1935

A SWORDFISH ATTACKING A DIVER 1893

Cabirol, Constructing under water, Paris c1858

Schlott, Design for a Diving Bell 1664

Vegetius, De Re Militari, Paris 1532, equipment for a diver