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Henry Marriott Paget
Born (1857-12-31)December 31, 1857
Died March 27, 1936(1936-03-27) (aged 78)
Known for Portraits and illustrations of historic events

Henry Marriott Paget RBA (1856 – 1936) was a British painter and illustrator, who signed his work "HMP".

Paget, along with his brothers, Sidney Paget and Walter Paget, provided illustrations for works by Arthur Conan Doyle.


Examples of newspaper illustration

The way in which illustrated papers like the Illustrated London News treated illustrations from correspondents overseas was that they often had an artist rework the material to produce a drawing from which the engraving could be prepared. This was particularly the case with rough sketches and initially with photographs. The following examples, are with one exception, by courtesy of the Wellcome Collection. They show how Paget prepared sketches and photographs from the Greco-Turkish War (1897) and the Boer War by war-correspondents for publication. Hodgson notes that almost all the illustrations published by The Sphere during the Boer War were redrawn in London.

Examples of newspaper illustrations turned into paintings

Paget sometimes also turned the sketches into brush and wash or watercolour paintings, as in these examples also from the Boer War, by courtesy of the Wellcome Collection.

Portrait painting

In addition to his work as an illustrator, he was best known in England as a portrait painter and painter of scenes from history and Greek mythology.

Book illustration

Kirkpatrick lists over fifty books illustrated by Paget.

Henry Paget provided illustrations for the 1890 edition of Doyle's story, "Micah Clarke," published by Longmans, Green, and Company.

Example of book illustration

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson had first been published as a serial in Young Folks in 1883 and it was a huge success. Cassell & Co. published the story as a book in 1888, and it was such a success that the first printing sold out to the book trade even before it was published. Cassell brought out a new edition with illustrations by Paget in 1891. The illustrations below are from the 1897 edition by Cassell, from scans at the British Library.

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