Hundreds of people have illustrated the Arabian Nights over the centuries, making it one of the most profusely illustrated works of all time. It's difficult even to know who all of the illustrators are, since many did not receive credit for their work.

The Nights is one of the few works of literature illustrated by many different illustrators. Many of the scenes in the Nights are so compelling that several different illustrators decided to illustrate them. Two, in particular, stand out. The first is the scene in Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves where Morgania pours boiling oil into the jars containing hidden thieves. Secondly, there is the giant bird, the Roc (or Rukh). What illustrator could resist drawing the Roc, a bird so large it feeds elephants to its young?

The list below is, of course, not complete, but it contains all of the illustrators we've been able to track down. If you know of an illustrator missing from this page, please contact us.

 
John  Dixon  Batten (1860 -  1932)
Adeline    Bolton ( -  )
Frances  Isabelle  Brundage (1854 -  1937)
Rene    Bull (1870? -  1942)
Thomas  Bolton Septimus  Dalziel (1823 -  1906)
Edward  Julius  Detmold (1883 -  1957)
Gustave    Dore (1832 -  1883)
Edmund    Dulac (1882 -  1953)
Charles  James  Folkard (1878 -  1963)
Henry  Justice  Ford (1860 -  1941)
Frederick    Gilbert (? -  ?)
Jane  Willis  Grey (? -  ?)
S.  J.  Groves (? -  ?)
William    Harvey (1796 -  1866)
Arthur  Boyd  Houghton (1836 -  1875)
Albert  Edward  Jackson (1873 -  1952)
Heinrich    Leutemann (? -  ?)
Sir John  Everett  Millais (1829 -  1896)
Kay  Rasmus  Nielsen (1886 -  1957)
Munro  Scott  Orr (1874 -  ?)
Walter    Paget (1863 -  1935)
Eric    Pape (1870-10-17 -  1938)
Maxfield    Parrish (1870 -  1966)
Frederick    Pegram (1870 -  1937)
George  John  Pinwell (1842 -  1875)
William  Andrew  Pogany (1882 -  1955)
Louis    Rhead (1858 -  1926)
Ceri  Giraldus  Richards (1903 -  1971)
Charles    Robinson (1870 -  1937)
Robert    Smirke (1752 -  1845)
Arthur    Szyk (1894 -  1951)
Sir John    Tenniel (1820 -  1914)
John  Dawson  Watson (1832 -  1892)
Ruby    Winckler (? -  ?)
Milo    Winter (1886 -  1956)
 
 
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