Dienstag, 2. Dezember 2014

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp illustrated by Thomas Mackenzie

Thomas Mackenzie (1887–1944) was born in Bradford, England. He produced illustrations for books and watercolours during the early 20th Century. His earliest commissioned works were for Ali Baba,  for James Stephens's "The Crock of Gold", Arthur Ransome's Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp in Rhyme, 1919, Christine Chaundler's Arthur and His Knights and James Elroy Flecker's Hassan. He failed to make a career as a painter in France and died in 1944.
The traditional Persian tale of Aladdin is usually placed in an Arabian setting. Thomas Mackenzie, however, has applied an Oriental perspective to the imagery which reminds more of the Far East than the Near East. 

Thomas Mackenzie (1887–1944) wurde in Bradford, England geboren. Er schuf Illustrationen für Bücher und Bilder in Wasserfarben zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Seine frühesten Aufträge waren für Ali Baba, James Stephens The Crock of Gold, Arthur Ransome's Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp in Rhyme, 1919, Christine Chaundlers Arthur and His Knights und James Elroy Fleckers Hassan. Mackenzies Versuch eine Karriere in Frankreich zu begründen, schluhg fehl. Er starb 1944.

His only thought was love and pride
In Princess Bedrelbood, his bride.

The man was dressed in yellow and black.

And sobbing he sat under the tree.

The Slave of the Lamp.

The Sultan's daughter, Bedrelbood.

And twelve tall negroes, black as coals,
And twelve tall slaves, Circassian, white.

A crowd of pig-tailed Chinamen who bowed.

Of all miraculous surprises.

New lamps of old do I supply.

Tis little good to chase
The deeds of magic with a horse.

The magician struck but his blows fell wide.

He flung far out his talisman.

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