With The Night Mail and As Easy As A.B.C.

Illustrations & Artists



As Easy As A.B.C. - Artists

With The Night Mail

This release includes graphics from a 1905 McLure's Magazine printing of With The Night Mail, from its publication as a chapbook in 1909, and from its publication in The Windsor Magazine. The artists were Frank X. Leyendecker, H. Reuterdahl, and H.C. Seppings Wright.

Christopher Beiting very kindly located these books in the Bodelian Library, and made copies which were scanned into this collection for the first releases. Unfortunately the graphics deteriorated badly in copying and in subsequent scanning.

I subsequently obtained a copy of the chapbook and replaced most of the illustrations with the colour artwork, scanned at 600 DPI, edited, then reduced to 150 DPI. This procedure allowed the illustrations to be "cleaned up" in various ways, since the paper was yellowing and a little stained. In particular, the inside cover is a composite, made from separate images of its two halves, and has been edited to remove some writing and other damage. I have done my best to avoid unnecessary edits, and colours etc. are hopefully as near as possible to the original intentions of the artists.

I have since obtained the relevant issue of The Windsor Magazine and added its illustrations; three of its pictures had previously appeared in McClure's Magazine, although one was in colour in its first use. I've added links to the duplicates, and a scan of the colour illustration from McClure's Magazine, though I think that the monochrome picture is marginally clearer.

The advertisements were scanned from Actions and Reactions as 600 DPI monochrome then converted to 150 DPI grey-scale for a more readable image. The last advertisement is another composite, with a large gap between the two halves edited out.

Windsor Magazine Illustrations

McClure's Magazine Illustrations

The story is now illustrated with smaller versions of the colour pictures from the chapbook, reduced to varying degrees to be easily viewable on screen, and illustrations from its publication in both magazines.

A very large painting for one of the colour illustrations for the chap-book is on line at Wikimedia commons.

Chapbook cover
Unsigned (colour)

Chapbook, inside cover.
FXL (colour)

"A man with a ghastly scarlet head follows, shouting that he must go back and build up his ray."
Chapbook. FXL (colour)

"Slides like a lost soul down that pitiless ladder of light, and the Atlantic takes her"
Chapbook. HR (colour)

The Storm
Chapbook. FXL (colour)

"I've asked him to tea on Friday"
Chapbook. FXL (colour)

"She falls stern-first; slides like a lost soul down that pitiless ladder of light."
From The Windsor Magazine and McLure's Magazine. HR (monochrome)

"The Mark Boat hangs herself up in her appointed place in the skies."
From The Windsor Magazine. HCSW (monochrome)

"She passed slowly beneath us, heading northward."
From The Windsor Magazine. HCSW (monochrome)

"On the upper staging a little hooded figure stretched arms wide towards her father"
From The Windsor Magazine. HR (monochrome)

"On the upper staging a little hooded figure stretched arms wide towards her father"
From McLure's Magazine. HR (colour)

"A man with a ghastly scarlet head follows, shouting that he must go back and build up his ray."
From McLure's Magazine. HR (monochrome)

"She falls stern-first; slides like a lost soul down that pitiless ladder of light."
From McLure's Magazine. HR (monochrome)

The advertisements can be found in later editions of the story, but there are some minor variations in typography. These .GIF files show the original published layout:

Miscellaneous - Wants - Bee-Line Bookshop
Safety Wear For Aeronauts - Hansen's Flickers
Appliances For Air Planes - Collison - Weaver & Denison
Air Planes And Dirigible Goods - Standard Dig - L. &. W. Powell - Standard Dig - Gayer & Hutt
Air Planes And Dirigibles - CMC - Resurgam - Standard Dig
Bat-Boats - Flint & Mantel
Air Planes And Starters - Hinks Moderator - J.D. Ardagh
Accessories and spares - Christian Wright & Oldis


As Easy As A.B.C.

As Easy As A.B.C. was originally published in The London Magazine in March and April 1912. This included several illustrations:

With the exception of the cover all of these illustrations were scanned from a bound volume of The London Magazine; the cover picture is derived from a small picture found on line, corrected for various errors in perspective etc.


About the Artists

Frank X. Leyendecker (1876-1924) (Frank Xavier Leyendecker, also known as Frank James Leyendecker) was a German-born American illustrator. He studied at the Académie Julian in France then worked with his brother Joseph Christian Leyendecker in Chicago, then later in New York City and New Rochelle, New York. He worked as an illustrator for posters, books and magazines, and in stained glass as well as watercolours and oils. He judged art contests and was considered an important illustrator of his day.
Source -
Wikipedia


H. Reuterdahl (1870-1925) (Henry Reuterdahl) was a Swedish-American nautical painter who served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve and was selected by President Theodore Roosevelt to document the Great White Fleet voyage in 1907. He was the U.S, Navy's official artist during WW1, a frequent and sometimes controversial writer on naval topics and served as an editor of Jane's Fighting Ships. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and the American Watercolor Society. He exhibited his work in the 1913 Armory Show, although he was not considered a modernist. He also taught at the Art Students League of New York. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington.
Source - Wikipedia


H.C. Seppings Wright (1850–1937) (Henry Charles Seppings Wright) was a British artist and naval illustrator who contributed to numerous magazines and journals including Vanity Fair (under the pseudonym "Stuff") and the Illustrated London News. He served as a war correspondent in Tripoli and with Tojo's navy, writing at least two illustrated books about his experiences; With Togo: The Story of Seven Months' Active Service Under His Command (1905) and Two Years Under the Crescent (1913); both can be found on line, there are references to other works at various sites. Little other information about his life appears to be available.
Sources - Online Books Page - National Library of Australia - Military Analysis blog


F. Gardner (1882-1968) (Frederick Gardner) was a British artist born in Hackney, London, in 1882, the son of Grimwood Gardner, a builder and decorator. After an apprenticeship as lithographer he studied at Bolt Court Art School and joined the advertising agency Carlton Studios before WW1. He served in France in WW1, then returned to the agency and was a co-director when he left shortly before WW2. He was a member of the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists) in 1921, and member of the Chelsea Arts Club and the London Sketch Club (President 1943-44). He was an active artist from the early 1900s to the 1940s, with output including advertisements, cartoons, posters, book and magazine illustrations. His other genre work included illustrations for the serialisation of The Morning of Time by Charles G.D. Roberts, a prehistoric novel in which a stone-age tribe flees from volcanic dangers and seeks a new home, meeting dinosaurs and waging war with its enemies, which appeared in The London Magazine in 1912/13. He was an accomplished portrait and landscape painter, working mostly in oils, influenced by Walter Sickert, Frank Brangwyn and the Swede Anders Zorn. He was known for his creation of 'Papa Kruschen' advertising Kruschen Salts and for his illustrations for Foulis the Glasgow publishers, notably in The English Character by Spencer Leigh Hughes, 1912. He was married twice and had six children, and died in 1968 in Herne Bay.
Source - Peter Gardner