Ida Rentoul OuthwaiteIt's easy to neglect Austraila's own fairytale artists when the Golden Age of Illustration focused on illustrators from America and the UK. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888-1960) was one such Australian artist from Carlton, Victoria known for her work depicting elves and fairies, drawing prolifically since childhood. Her first commercial work was submitted to New Idea magazine when she was 15, accompanied by a story written by her older sister. By 16 she had published her first book called 'Mollie's Bunyip'.
She brought a distinctively Australian flavour to her illustrations, like depicting koalas being served drinks by fairies in bush themes. She would often collaborate with her husband Arthur Outhwaite who would write the fairytales 'The Enchanted Forest', 'The Little Fairy Sister' and 'Fairyland. Her children would even pose as the models for the illustrations! Over the course of her life she would illustrated over 15 books. In 1985 she was honoured with a postage stamp.
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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