Sidney Sime


Sidney Sime

Sidney Sime (1867 – May 22 1941) was an English artist in the late Victorian and succeeding periods, mostly remembered for his fantastic and satirical artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany.

Life

Early life

Sime was born in Manchester in poverty. After a five-year career in the mines, including as a "scoop pusher," work at a linen shop, a barbers, and as a signwriter (setting up in his own right), he studied at the Liverpool School of Art (later "College", then joined the University of Liverpool in 1952). During his time at college, he won a South Kensington medal. [London, January 1989: The Idler (magazine), interview of Sidney Sime by Arthur Lawrence] . He is sometimes called "the biggest thing to come out of Liverpool before the Beatles." citequote

Publishing

Sime quickly became famous for drawings and illustrations with fantastic themes, with a presence in "Pick-Me-Up", "The Idler" and the "Pall Mall Gazette". The fantastic treatment often masked biting satire, especially aimed at the rich and at politicians.

He received an inheritance after an uncle died and bought "The Idler", but the business failed in under two years.

Dunsany

In 1904, Sime was approached by the author for whom he is most often remembered, Irish aristocrat Lord Dunsany, to illustrate his first book, "The Gods of Pegana", finally published in 1905. This began an association which lasted for the rest of his life, with his illustrations especially prominent in Dunsany's earlier work (until c. 1922). For one volume, at least some of the stories were inspired by Sime works ("The Book of Wonder"), and for three, in special limited editions, each plate of illustration was signed by both author and artist.

Drama and exhibitions

Sime, who had produced a play with limited success in 1905, did both scenery and costume work for a number of productions, and had exhibitions in 1923 and 1927. In his later years, he produced less work but more in colour, his earlier work having been almost exclusively monochrome.

Later life

Sime died in 1941, and his widow Mary preserved many of his remaining works, which on her death were willed to form the Sime Memorial Gallery, then and still in Worplesdon near Guildford.

Legacy

Today, Sime is best remembered for his work with Lord Dunsany.

At least four collections of Sime's work have been published, though none are in print today. The quality of reproduction in these has been variable. Many reprint editions of Dunsany work omit the illustrations but some include them. As with the Sime collections, some publishers have produced high-quality reproductions but some have been very poor.

Illustrator Roger Dean is among many who cite him as an influence. Writer H. P. Lovecraft was also a fan of his, as was Howard de Walden.

The Sime Gallery is still extant in the village of Worplesdon near Guildford but the most famous collections of Sime work belonged to Lord Dunsany and Howard de Walden. The latter is unavailable, and it is believed many were lost in a fire. However, the Dunsany collection, including "all" the originals of Sime's work for Dunsany, plus a few other pieces, and notably with several in colour, can be viewed by arrangement at Dunsany Castle in County Meath, Ireland.

References

External links

* [http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~fadey/sime.html The Sidney Sime Page] has biographical information and galleries of work by him.
* [http://www.bpib.com/illustrat/sime.htm A short biographical sketch, with some illustrations.]
* [http://www.artrenewal.com/asp/database/art.asp?aid=2773 Sime at Art Renewal Center]


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