John D. Batten

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One of Batten's illustrations for English Fairy Tales, 1895

John Dickson Batten (8 October 1860 – 5 August 1932), born in Plymouth, Devon, was a British painter of figures in oils, tempera and fresco and a book illustrator and printmaker. He was an active member of the Society of Painters in Tempera, with his wife Mary Batten, a gilder.


Among Batten's paintings are The Garden of Adonis: Amoretta and Time, The Family, Mother and Child, Sleeping Beauty: The Princess Pricks Her Finger, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Atalanta and Melanion.

He illustrated a series of fairy tale books by Joseph Jacobs, notably English Fairy Tales (1890), Celtic Fairy Tales (1892 anthology), More Celtic Fairy Tales (1894), More English Fairy Tales (1894), Indian Fairy Tales (1912), European Folk and Fairy Tales (also known as Europa's Fairy Book)[1] (1916). He also illustrated English versions of Tales from the Arabian Nights and Dante's Inferno.

Jacobs published two books of poetry and a book on human flight.[2]


  1. ^ "SurLaLune Fairytales - Illustration Gallery - John D. Batten (1860-1932) British". Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Verses, Cambridge: Devana Press, 1893. Poems, London: Chiswick Press, 1916. An Approach to Winged Flight, Brighton (England): Dolphin Press, 1928.

Alan Windsor. (1998)Handbook of Modern British Painting and Printmaking, 1900-1990. Ashgate Publishing, 2nd edition. ISBN 1-85928-427-2 ISBN 978-1859284278.

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