Infectious enthusiasm

Walter Crane sword-in-stoneBarbara Tepa Lupack, Alan Lupack
Illustrating Camelot
D S Brewer (Arthurian Studies) 2008

As befits a study on Arthurian book illustrations, Illustrating Camelot has a generous helping of examples of the genre – forty in monochrome and thirty-two in colour. If a picture is worth a thousand words then we have a text automatically augmented by 72,000 words!

And what a text it is. Using thirteen named illustrators as her framework, Barbara Tepa Lupack takes us through two centuries and more of imaging the court of Arthur, commenting on the politics, mores and personalities of the times and their inter-relationship with the depiction of the Arthurian ideal. Continue reading “Infectious enthusiasm”