Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Supplement: Wallace Smith

Wallace Smith (1888 - 1937) provided these striking, agonised illustrations for Ben Hecht's Fantazius Mallare: A Mysterious Oath - a work of "vigorous grotesquerie and misanthropy" .  First published in 1922 as a limited run, most copies of the book were destroyed by the powers-that-be on grounds of obscenity.  Smith's illustrations recall the dazzle of surface and complexity of line of Harry Clarke.


  1. For some reason, my browser/blogger is not letting me enlarge these images, except for one. Which is annoying because I really want to look at them! Anyone else having this problem?

  2. Hmm - me too - just use the hyperlink re. 'obscenity' and you'll find the images which do enlarge.