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The Art of Vernon Hill



Vernon Hill (1887-1953) is among the illustrators associated with the Golden Age of Illustration - and is particularly associated with the

relatively obscure Art Nouveau Gothic movement.


The Vernon Hill Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Hill'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.


Hill undertook formal training in print-making at an early age, being apprenticed as a lithographer in his early teens. "The Bodleain"

provided the following critique of Hill and his work in 1909:


... a youth only just past his teens, his inventions have the internal quality of beauty, his imagination

is so rich and astonishing in its originality, and his is beside so gifted with rare humour, that his

work defies comparison with anything known to us.


His first commissioned illustrations are thought to be "The Arcadian Calendar for 1910" published by John Lane The Bodley Head in

1909 for the following year. Two further commissions followed from the same publisher and further suites of images from Hill were

published in exceedingly low volumes in "The New Inferno" (1910) and "Ballads Weird and Wonderful" (1912).


Following war service undertaken during World War I, Hill returned to artistic pursuits, but was to never receive the comprehensive

commissions for book illustrations that he was granted earlier in his career. Instead, his later career focused on sculpting and was

involved in a number of public commissions, including work on Guildford Cathedral, St Columba's Church and Middle Temple.


Given the extremely low volumes in which his illustrations were published, we are, indeed, fortunate to have these wonderful surviving

examples from such a talented artist.


Illustrations within the Collection are from valuable First Edition publications illustrated by Vernon Hill, including:


  ''The Arcadian Calendar'';

  ''The New Inferno''; and

  ''Ballads Weird and Wonderful''.


We also show other illustrations by Vernon Hill, including:


  ''Winged Figures'';

  ''A Sleeper'';


  ''Sweeping Flame''; and

  ''The Elements''.



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We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Vernon Hill that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of his suites or a sole illustration,

simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images that follow.




Books illustrated by Vernon Hill


Vernon Hill

''The Arcadian Calendar''

12 images



Vernon Hill

''The New Inferno''

16 images


Vernon Hill

''Ballads Weird and Wonderful''

25 images

Vernon Hill - an image from ''The Arcadian Calendar for 1910''Vernon Hill - an image from ''Ballads Weird and Wonderful''   

Other illustrations by Vernon Hill




Vernon Hill

''Winged Figures''

1 image


Vernon Hill

''A Sleeper''

1 image

Vernon Hill


1 image

Vernon Hill

''Sweeping Flame''

1 image

Vernon Hill

"The Elements"

1 image

 Vernon Hill - ''Winged Figures''Vernon Hill - ''A Sleeper''Vernon Hill - ''Solitude''Vernon Hill - ''Sweeping Flame''Vernon Hill - ''The Elements'' 


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