John Dickson Batten: Beauty and the Beast (detail)
image courtesy Birmingham Museums Trust
John Dickson Batten (1860-1932) was a British painter of figures in oil, tempera and fresco, a book illustrator and printmaker. After starting his career as a barrister, Batten studied painting at the Slade School and went on to exhibit his work at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1886. In the 1890s he started to illustrate various editions of fairy tales, working chiefly in egg tempera, a painstakingly detailed medium, and played a leading part in the revival of the technique. In 1901, together with Maxwell Armfield, Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin they founded the Society of Painters in Tempera.
He is chiefly remembered for his illustrations to the books of fairy tales edited by Joseph Jacobs and published by David Nutt in the 1890s, for his colour-woodcuts in the Japanese style, and as one of the leading exponents of the tempera and fresco revival.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-1036: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 131mm)