The Art of Richard Doyle



Richard Doyle (1824-1883) is among the artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration.


The Richard Doyle Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Doyle'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.


While Doyle had no formal art training, his artistic skills were developed through his familial environment (his father, John Doyle, was a noted political caricaturist and two of his brothers were also artists). At the age of 19, he joined the staff of Punch and was responsible for

designing its now-famous masthead.


In 1846, Doyle's illustrations for The Fairy Ring were published and he gained considerable

recognition - and further commissions - as a fairytale illustrator. His work on subsequent

illustrated books included: The Enchanted Doll; The Story of Jack and the Giants; and

The King of the Golden River.


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The World, however, was to wait until the Christmas of 1869 for what is now regarded as

his masterwork, In Fairyland - A Series of Pictures from the Elf World, a book that has since

been described as one of the finest examples of Victorian book production.


We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Richard Doyle that is

included in the Collection - to view images from any one of Doyle's suites or paintings listed

below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images.






To the left, we show a vintage

photograph of Richard Doyle.





The Illustrated Books


In Fairyland - A Series of Pictures

from the Elf World

16 colour images

The Princess Nobody - A Tale

of Fairy Land

60 images








The Paintings




An Elfin Dance

1 colour image

Under the Dock Leaves

1 colour image

Elves in a Rabbit Warren

1 colour image

The Fairy Ball

1 colour image

Snow White and Rose Red

1 colour image


The Fairy Tree

1 colour image

The Altar Cup at Aagerup

1 colour image



A Knight on Horseback

Attacking a Large Dragon

1 colour image



The Knight Pursued by Sprites

1 colour image

Fairy and Knight

1 colour image