“Exploring the Fairytale Forest: The Fantastic & Imaginative Illustrations of Arthur Rackham” will be on display in Lafayette College Special Collections & College Archives through Summer 2024.

This exhibition highlights the rare book collection of the late Sumner Babcock ‘24, donated in memory of his wife Catharine Jones Babcock. A donation by his daughter Barbara Kirby completed the collection in 2023. The innovative illustrations of English artist Arthur Rackham found in children’s books are the transcendent feature of this collection. The exhibit, curated by Olivia Naum ‘26, focuses on the intersections between childhood wonder and the natural world.

Submitted by: Kate Pitts