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Evelyn Paul

Evelyn Paul

The book illustrator Evelyn Paul studied at the South Kensington School of Art in 1906. Because women were not accepted into public academies at this time, prospective female artists were directed to independent private schools. The school directed by Alexander McDonald specialized in the refinement of artistic abilities and promoted training in foreign painting traditions and unconventional techniques. After her training, Paul worked as a book illustrator and illuminator. Her works are influenced mainly by her role model Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Small figures in large scenes are typical for her style. She put a great emphasis on the details in her works, which contrasted her work from that of Rossetti. She also went against the academic style. Her exotic influences are distinctly displayed in her illustrations for the book series "Legends of Ancient Egypt, Assyria and Babylonia." Other well known illustrations can be found in the books "Clair de Lune," "La Vira Nuova," "Tristam and Isolde," and "The Birth of England." She was artistically active as an artist probably until 1922.