Most illustrations I know by Ernest Wallcousins are paintings of North American landscapes. As a colour blind illustrator I probably don’t get quite as much out of that branch of his work as I do out of this. It is quite different in feel to his colour work (which is quite romantic) but I love the way in which he handles lines in this illustration. The use of regular parallel lines to describe the planes of the architectural forms balances neatly with the stripes on the gent’s trousers (an example of ‘control and release’) and with the careful use of solid black. It is from The Big Book of Great Short Stories (Odhams, 1935) and is an illustration for The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown by G.K Chesterton.
ernest wallcousinsDecember 1, 2008