KING, Jessie M.

(1875 - 1949)
"an illustrator of dreams"

Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) enrolled in the Glasgow School of Art at the age of 17 where she studied under Charles Rennie Mackintosh and was heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and the developing 'Glasgow Style'. At the 1902 Turin exhibition King won the gold medal for book design resulting in various commissions. Her style of drawing progressed through three distinct stages, beginning with intricate, gossamer line drawings, elegant knights and art-nouveau maidens. A sojourn in Paris coincided with a period of pastel shades and delicate watercolour images, whilst her later work introduced bold splashes of colour and a sometimes chaotic feel. All of her work is hauntingly beautiful and highly distinctive.

In addition to the books, Jessie M. King also designed jewellery and fabrics for Liberty, created large decorative batik panels and hand painted porcelain.

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The High History of the Holy Graal

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Mummy's Bedtime Story Book by "Marion"

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A House of Pomegranates

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The Enchanted Capital of Scotland

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Rund Um Berlin

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Good Greeting, the Original Design for Jessie M. King's 1949 Christmas Card

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The Little White Town of Never Weary

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