Eric Fraser (1)
A long overdue feature on Eric George Fraser (June 11, 1902 – November 15, 1983), one of the great British Illustrators of his time. Eric’s most renowned for creating lavish covers for the long-running Radio Times Magazine as well Illustrating many classic scenes from mythology, Shakespeare and Tolkien – Here are some notes on the featured images:
Top: The Red Dragon Express – British Railways menu card dating from 1960 via Flickr User: Mikeyashworth
2nd top: Eric Fraser Beowulf & Dragon via Flickr user: hitmissmaybe
3rd top: Exploration of the Moon – book jacket 1965, again via Flickr User: Mikeyashworth– The structure is very Norman Foster Associates!
4th top: St Peter, St Paul and Atilla (Pen Ink and Watercolour) dust jacket cover 1968 via: chrisbeetles.com
5th top: The Talisman (Watercolour and Bodycolour) 1956 via: chrisbeetles.com
6th top: Laxdolela Saga (Pen and Ink) Dust Jacket 1964 via: chrisbeetles.com
Bottom: Smaug (Pen and Ink) Illustration taken from The Hobbit published by the Folio Society in 1976 (thanks for the tip Zhu) see the full set here: tolkien.com.pl
For further reading and or galleries, check out:
Eric Fraser @ chrisbeetles.com with a chance to buy signed prints…
Also check this Flickr group: Eric Fraser – artist and illustrator
Finally here’s a link to buy Eric Fraser: Designer and Illustrator a hardback coffee table book compiled by Sylvia Backemeyer.