Florence Harrison

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Florence Harrison (1877–1955) was an Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite illustrator of poetry and children's books. Many of her books were published by Blackie and Sons. She illustrated books by notable Pre-Raphaelite circle poets Christina Rossetti, William Morris and Sir Alfred Tennyson. She has been previously known by name Emma Florence Harrison, although there is some dispute that this was correct. The works previously attributed to Emma may actually be by Florence Susan Harrison who was Australian.[1]

I have extensively researched both Emma Florence Harrison and Florence Susan Harrison and have written several books about her. The Blackie artist was most definitely Florence Susan Harrison who was English. Many of her relatives moved to Australia [including a niece and great niece who had received letters and artwork from Florence and whom I have met), but Florence lived and died in England. My books concerning Florence and her family include these titles: 1) *"Florence Harrison: A Case of Mistaken Identity*" (biographies of Emma Florence Harrison and Florence Susan Harrison); 2)*" The Magical World of Florence Harrison*" 3) *"Fair Winds and a Following Sea*" (Life and Times of master mariner Norwood Harrison who was Florence's father); 4) *"Folkestone's Rockhill House School*" (a girl's school run by Florence's aunt and mother); 5) *"Catalog of florence Harrison's color Illustrations*"; 6) *"The Art & Poetry of Florence Harrison: A Pictorial Bibliography*". Sandy Hargrove

Florence Harrison - illustration from "Early Poems" by William Morris


  • "Rhymes and Reasons" 1905
  • "The Rhyme of a Run" 1907
  • "Rhyme of a Farm"
  • "In the Fairy Ring" 1908
  • "Goblin Market, and other Poems" by Christina Rossetti 1910
  • "Guinevere and other poems" by Alfred Tennyson 1912
  • "Elfin Song" 1912
  • "Early Poems" by William Morris 1914
  • "Three Silver Pennies by Dorothy King 1914
  • "Tales in Rhyme and Colour" (re-packaged edition of Rhyme of a Run) 1916
  • "Tinkler Johnny" by A. Herbertson 1916
  • "Poems" by Samuel Ferguson 1916
  • "The Man in the Moon" (re-packaged last 5 stories from In the Fairy Ring) 1917
  • "The Pixy Book" (re-packaged first 4 stories from In the Fairy Ring) 1917-1918
  • "The House of Bricks" by Agnes Grozier Herbertson 1918
  • "Godmother's Garden" by Netta Syrett 1918
  • "Blackie's Children's Diary" 1921
  • "Beautiful Poems" series of shorter versions (8 color plates each) of older works published in 1923 by Black:
          1)  Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
          2)  Shorter Poems of Christina Rossetti
          3)  Tennyson's Dream of Fair Women
          4)  Tennyson's Guinevere and Other Poems
  • "The Fairy Kites" by Ethel K. Crawford 1927
  • "Mopsa the Fairy" by Jean Ingelow 1932
  • "The Magic Duck and Other Stories" by Dorothy King 1939

Other works attributed to her but probably done by Emma Florence Harrison or another artist with the same name:

  • "Light of Love" published by Arthur L. Humphreys 1908
  • A series of Fairy Postcards printed by Vivian Mansell & Co. Ltd. 1932

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Waldrep, Mary (2010). By a woman's hand: Illustrators of the golden age. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 0486472523. 
  2. ^ The Art & Poetry of Florence Susan Harrison: A Pictorial Bibliography by Sandy Hargrove ISBN 978-1-312-71266-9