Richard Doyles* masterpiece In Fairyland was published in 1870.His watercolours, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, present a world of little people - a Fairyland resplendent with King and Queen, a handsome prince and the fairest of all princesses. The many humble souls are represented by elves, goblins, kobolds, trolls, nymphs, sprites and those mischievous little folks, the nixies and pixies.
The Victorian greeting cards and scraps that follow are dated after 1870, and it seems to me, may have been inspired by Dicky Doyles brilliance and fantastic imagination as embodied in that exquisite book - In Fairyland.
Born in London he was instructed by his father from an early age, in drawing and design. By the time he was nineteen, he had become a designer of such skill and originality that the famous cover of Punch was choosen from his work.
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