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Arthur Rackham's Ring Illustrations

Between 1909-1911 England's then-preeminant illustrator Arthur Rackham produced 64 color plates, as well as a number of pen and ink vignettes, to accompany Margaret Armour's modern prose translation of Richard Wagner's libretto, published in two volumes in 1910 and 1911, each contained two sections of Wagner's opera cycle, interspersed with Rackham's artwork. These have long been out of print.

In 1979 Dover published a complete collection of Rackham's plates, minus Armour's translations, accompanied instead by brief explanatory captions by James Spero, along with a short introduction surrounded by the black and white vignettes. The following year, in 1912, Arthur Rackham gave an exhibition of the original watercolors at the Societé Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, of which he was an honorary member.

All 64 of the color plates are presented here, along with the Dover captions and all of the original pen & ink vignettes. Click the image at left to view the Vignette Index, or the thumbnails below to view each plate at full size. Ebook files for both of the original print edition publications containing Armour's libretto translations and Rackham's illustrations can be downloaded from the Wagner's Ring page.

Das Rheingold

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Die Walküre

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Siegfried

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Götterdämmerung

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