HARRISON, Florence

(1877 - 1955)
"This is Romanticism as it was meant to be"

Until a few years ago book illustrator Florence Harrison was listed by book and art dealers under the name of Emma Florence Harrison and biographical detail was limited to phrases such as, "little is known about her life". Then keen collector Mary Jacobs took up the gauntlet and set about researching the life and work of her favourite illustrator. 

She discovered that Florence Susan Harrison (known to surviving family as Aunt Florrie) was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1877. Her father was a sailor and Florence spent much of her early of her childhood on board ships. In between voyages she attended a school in Folkestone, England which was run by a family member. 

Most of Florence Harrison's book illustrations were published by Blackie and son. She wrote and illustrated number of books of verse, often on a fairy theme, Rhymes and Reasons (1905), Rhyme of a Run (1907), In the Fairy Ring (1908) and Elfin Song (1912). Her drawings are vibrant, richly coloured and characterised by a strong black outline around the figures. 

Among Florence Harrison's most sumptuous books are three volumes of poetry commissioned by Blackie as Christmas Gift Books. Christina Rossetti's Poems (1910), Tennyson's Guinevere (1912) and The Early Poems of William Morris (1913). In these volumes Harrison's use of deep colours and Art Nouveau style drawings are shown to their best advantage. 

Mary Jacob's fascinating account of her research and findings can be seen on her own website florenceharrison.com

Please scroll down to see our latest stock of first editions and original artwork by Florence Harrison.


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Books by this author

Early Poems of William Morris

HARRISON, Florence

£395.00

Original Watercolour for "In the Fairy Ring"

HARRISON, Florence

£6,000.00

Original Watercolour for "In the Fairy Ring"

HARRISON, Florence

£4,500.00

Christina Rossetti Poems

HARRISON, Florence

£3,500.00

In the Fairy Ring

HARRISON, Florence

£2,250.00

Elfin Song

HARRISON, Florence

£600.00

Original Watercolour for "In the Fairy Ring"

HARRISON, Florence

£3,500.00

Original Watercolour for "In the Fairy Ring"

HARRISON, Florence

£2,500.00