Authors & Illustrators Born in the Month of June: Ida Rentoul Outhwaite • June 9th 1888

Fairy Riding a Bubble, Illustration by Ida Rental Outhwaite

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Fairy Riding a Bubble, Illustration by Ida Rental Outhwaite

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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.

Fairy Dance, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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Fairy Dance, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

From our Fairies Art Print Portfolio

Fairy with a Fairy Baby, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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Fairy with a Fairy Baby, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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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.

'Potty talks to the Forest Creatures', by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

'Potty talks to the Forest Creatures', by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Fairy and Kookaburra, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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Fairy and Kookaburra, Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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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.

Pen and Ink Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Pen and Ink Illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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.

Detail of a Stained Glass Window, by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Detail of a Stained Glass Window, by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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)