The Art of Dugald Stewart Walker


Dugald S (Stewart) Walker (1883-1937) was an American artist associated with the Golden Age of Illustration. He was a painter noted for his lyrical depiction of scenes and human form influenced by Art Nouveau and Impressionism.


The Dugald Walker Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Walker's seminal work. As a valuable reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproduction prints, posters and greeting cards.


His first comprehensive suite of illustrations appeared in Stories for Pictures (1912) and he was described in the Foreword by Mackay in justifiably glowing terms, thus:


Dugald Stewart Walker, a new artist of remarkable talent, suggesting

Rackham and Dulac but entirely original in spirit and execution.


Further commissions followed, in the form of his illustrations for Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1914),Dream Boats and Other Stories (1918), The Wishing Fairy's


Above, we show a vintage

photograph of Dugald Walker

Animal Friends (1921), Rainbow Gold (1922), Snythergen (1923), The Six Who Were Left in

a Shoe (1923), Many Wings (1923), The Dust of Seven Days (1924), Squiffer (1924), The Golden Porch (1925), Orpheus with

his Lute (1926), Mopsa the Fairy (1927) and Go! Champions of Light (1933).


Walker displayed an outstanding eye for colour and was also superbly gifted throughout his detailed monotone



His own Foreword to Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1914) provides some insight in the beautiful soul

that created such wonderful images - part of that Foreword follows:


I have never been anywhere except Richmond, Virginia, and New York, because I have

always been told that only grown-up people were allowed to travel. But the good East Wind

and the kindly Moon have taken me on rapturous journeys high above the world to get an

enchanted view of things. In this book I have put some of my discoveries, but if you are

looking here for real likeness of the things that any one could see if he were grown up, you

had better close the covers now. You cannot expect me to draw an exact picture of the

North Pole or of a Chinese lady's feet or of a sea-cucumber. But if you are interested in what

the East Wind or the Father Stork or the Moon told me, then look with my eyes and you

will not mind very much if the courtiers in the ogre's court, or the dock leaves in the Garden

of Paradise, are not just as a grown-up person thinks they should be. After all is said and done,

what the young ones say about it is the all-important matter.


We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Dugald Walker that is included in the

Collection - to view images from any one of Walker's suites listed below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks

embedded within the titles and the images.




Published illustrations by Dugald Stewart Walker


Stories for Pictures

8 images

Fairy Tales from

Hans Christian Andersen

31 images

Dream Boats and Other Stories

21 images

The Wishing Fairy's

Animal Friends

8 images



Rainbow Gold

24 images


20 images

The Six Who Were Left in a Shoe

8 images

Many Wings

1 image



The Dust of Seven Days

2 images


18 images

The Golden Porch

23 images

Orpheus with His Lute

13 images



Mopsa the Fairy

20 images

Go! Champions of Light

12 images