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Ida Rentoul Outhwaite: Fairy and Fairy Tale Art



Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888-1960) was among the first Australian illustrators to achieve international fame - and her fame was deserved

with wonderfully whimsical fairy and fairy tale images (her fairies are often to be found playing with kookaburras, koalas and kangaroos).


The Ida Rentoul Outhwaite Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of her seminal work depicting fairies and fairy

tales. As a valuable reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproductions if her illustrations

on prints, posters and greeting cards.


Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (vintage photograph)

Rentoul Outhwaite's first illustrations were published whilst she was in her teens - some appeared in

"The New Idea" accompanying a story by her sister, Annie Rentoul. In the years that followed, the sisters

collaborated on a number of modern fairy tales. Following her marriage to Grenbry Outhwaite in 1909, too,

she collaborated with her husband - most notably for "The Enchanted Forest" (1921), "The Little Fairy

Sister" (1923) and "Fairyland" (1926). In a number of cases, her children - Robert, Anne, Wendy and

William - served as models for her illustrations.




To the left, we show a vintage photograph

of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite



Illustrations within the Collection are from valuable First Edition publications illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite are filled with her fairy and

fairy tale art and include:


  ''The Enchanted Forest'';

  ''The Little Green Road to Fairyland'';

  ''The Little Fairy Sister'';

  ''The Sentry and the Shell Fairy'';


  ''Bunny and Brownie: The Adventures of George and Wiggle''; and

  ''A Bunch of Wild Flowers''.



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We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Ida Rentoul Outhwaite that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of her suites,

simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images. By following the hyperlinks, you will also find further  information about Ida Rentoul Outhwaite,

her illustrations depicting fairies and interpreting fairy tales and options for purchasing Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards.





Suites of illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite depicting fairies and interpreting fairy tales


Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''The Enchanted Forest''

31 images

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''The Little Green Road to Fairyland''

16 images

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''The Little Fairy Sister''

16 images

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''The Sentry and the Shell Fairy''

10 images

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite


48 images

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''The Enchanted Forest''Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''The Little Green Road to Fairyland''Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''The Little Fairy Sister''Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''The Sentry and the Shell Fairy''Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''Fairyland'' 

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''Bunny and Brownie: The Adventures

of George and Wiggle''

16 images


Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

''A Bunch of Wild Flowers''

21 images

 Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''Bunny and Brownie - the Adventures of George and Wiggle''Ida Rentoul Outhwaite - illustration for ''A Bunch of Wild Flowers''    


Purchasing our Posters and Cards showcasing the art of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite depicting fairies and interpreting fairy tales


When presented on Cards - including Greeting and Note Card - these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical

of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock

(in the case of colour illustrations) or White card stock (in the case of monotone images) with an accompanying envelope.


Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks.


Should you wish to order posters or cards, we have provided options throughout the site. To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you

will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any

destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.


Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email by ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.


In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Ida Rentoul Outhwaite.




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