What Surrealist Poets Like

Posted by on August 25th, 2010 at 9:12 AM

To tell the truth, only the middle image has any documented appeal to Surrealist poets. This first image here is a straight-ahead fairy tale illustration by H. J. Ford. It’s from the title page of Andrew Lang’s Crimson Fairy Tale Book, published 1903, and I don’t know the story it goes with.

Now the catnip for French surrealists. The poet Paul Éluard pasted the image below into a scrapbook he kept of French postcards. There’s no credit or date for the work. I found it in Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity, edited by David Prochaska and Jordana Mendelson. The book says Éluard started collecting postcards after his wife ran off with Dali.

Finally, from Punch, a 1933 cartoon about the difficulty of keeping the hoi polloi away from one’s car radio. I read the signature as “Christine Watts.” At any rate, nice work.

© 1955 by Bradbury, Agnew & Company, Ltd.

Be Sociable, Share!

2 Responses to “What Surrealist Poets Like”

  1. Jason M. says:

    I believe the first illustration is for the story “Little Wildrose.” The last illustration is by Arthur Watts.

    Incidentally, Ford also did work for Punch, if I’m not mistaken.

  2. Tom Crippen says:

    Thanks on both counts, Jason. The Arthur Watts signature appears to have a dotted i, which is strange, but Wikipedia’s entry indicates he is indeed the man.