Ida Rentoul (1888-1960) was born in Melbourne, Australia, where she lived all her life. She was one of 4 children, including an older sister, Anne, with whom she collaborated on several of her books. She published her first illustration, to accompany a story by her sister, at the age of 15.
Ida specialized in scenes that were very much of Australia, featuring Eucalyptus trees, koalas,kookaburras and other denizens and flora of the continent. To these settings she added fairies, fantastic creatures such as brownies, mermen, Gum Nut babies, and children to illustrate the stories.
She was a master of black and white as well as color, and her books usually included lovely examples of those as well the full color plates.
Her work appeared in various periodicals as well as books. Her work also appeared in four stained glass windows in St. Mark’s Anglican Church and in a library. Her country honored her by featuring her work on a postage stamp.
Some of her publications include: Elves and Fairies, 1916) The Enchanted Forest (1921) The Little Green Road to Fairyland (1922) The Little Fairy Sister (1923) Fairyland (1926) Blossom: A Fairy Story (1928)