Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Happy All Hallows' Eve

Démétrius Emmanuel Galanis
[The World]
London : Cresset Press, 1931. 
Image 248 x 188 mm

From a series of illustrations for John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd which were published by the Cresset Press. Milton’s work was the last, and arguably greatest act of the publishing house, which operated between the years of 1927 and 1931 under the direction of Dennis M. Cohen and A. I. Myers. The prints stand as some of the most ornate illustrations of Miltonic verse; they are printed on vellum, and were created by Galanis, who at the time was close to the apex of his careers popularity. The printing was done by Bernard H. Newdigate whilst the title page and initials were designed by Anna Simons.

Démétrius Emmanuel Galanis (1879-1966) was a Greek illustrator, printmaker, and designer. He studied under Nikiforos Lytras at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Athens and later under Fernand Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Galanis earned a number of important commissions as an illustrator for private press books in France and elsewhere during the first few decades of the twentieth-century.

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