Enthralling illustrations by Inga Moore for “The Wind in the Willows” (I)

[Published in October the 9th, 2016, this first post of mine on this great artist had zero likes (the one by my sister was of course put by me, since she had passed away a couple of months before) and very few visits (Very few!). So I think it is time to give it another chance to be watched and –I’m sure of it– appreciated by some of my followers.]

[I duplicate the original post with only minor corrections in the text and some tags added]:

[Pala late –Ari: mrni jagorri–, kai kamlas “E Balval ande le Selchinde”… Me xalem lako ilo!]

I read Kenneth Grahame‘s “The Wind in the Willows” (in a paperback, clumsily illustrated edition) as a teenager, after my father died, and it soothed my mind and helped me to stand the blow in a way I could not explain, beyond saying it made me feel snug and somewhat protected. Naturally, this book still is among my favourites.
When I read it again, two decades later –perhaps, trying to reproduce the same sensations I had at fifteen years-old–, I already knew the illustrations by Inga Moore and, contemplating them, I though “This is it. This story “looks” like this, and not in any other way.” (Which is of course objectionable, but also very valid; and, frankly speaking, I must say that I love the illustrations as much as the tale itself –and I do love it a lot–. So here lays the secret, as in every creative endeavour…)

Inga Moore loves the English countryside landscape and, out of this love, she has developed a charming, truly beautiful style, richly detailed and textural –amidst the current trends toward minimalistic or even abstract children’s book illustration–; and brought it to great achievements, like her work for Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” or, more recently, for Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”.

Ms. Moore works eclectically, through a multi-layered approach, using graphite and coloured pencils, Indian ink, watercolour and even oil paints.

She is somewhat –or, in fact, very– reclusive, and as far as I know she does not have an official web presence. Of course others have posted her work, but not at all as much and as thoroughly as it deserves, with high resolution scans of the illustrations.

I’ve personally scanned about half of the plates, most of them at 400 dpi, taking much care to be true to the sprightly colours and delicate grading (very especially in their unending palette of greens, blues and greys). This has resulted in large archives (about 6-7 Mb each), that allow enough magnification to appreciate the tinier details of such a meticulous artist as Inga Moore is. I heartily recommend to click in them and watch the full-sized images.

Here you are twelve of them, belonging to the first three chapters (and the cover) of K. Grahame’s wonderful novel:





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7 thoughts on “Enthralling illustrations by Inga Moore for “The Wind in the Willows” (I)

  1. Truly lovely illustrations. When you said ‘the story looks like this, and no other way’, I know just what you mean. It appalls me when the classic book illustrations are done over in modern re-issues, such as the Peter Rabbit series, or Alice in Wonderland… it’s practically criminal, so painful to even see.

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    1. I entirely agree (well, perhaps it’s not criminal, because I do love freedom of expression and everything else 🙂 , but truly unsatisfactory).
      I appreciate a lot your feedback ✨ (especially because I got none at all first time, after so many hours (days) scanning the whole book). *Hug* !

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  2. These are so delicate Lixie, thanks for sharing them with us. It fascinates me that she doesn’t have a web presence, though it fits with her old world charm. I believe there is room for the beautiful older illustrations (have you ever encountered JRR Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters?), but I also delight in diverse interpretations. I have a collection of about a dozen Alice in Wonderland’s.
    Indie x

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    1. You are very welcome, Indie 🙂 Thanks a lot for the feedback, as always ✨
      This book by Tolkien is one of the few ones I’ve not read 🙂 (I have had it in my hands, but didn’t bought it), but I own a nice collection of ‘Hobbits’, ‘Silmarillions’ and ‘Lords of The Rings’… 🙂 and, also, like you, several ‘Alices’ – *Kisses* – Lixie 💜


  3. I have tortuous memories of trying to read this eons ago, but now I want to get a copy *just* for the illustrations! They’re – wow…. not the horrible, heavy, and depressing things that were in my copy. A thousand kissies to you!

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