Walt Whitman and Margaret C. Cook in The Leaves of Grass

Some of Margaret C. Cook's powerful illustration plates for Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, 1913 edition.


(A section of my teaching is devoted to mood via color and tone. Below, are a selection of some stunning illustrations that are perfect examples of not just mood but stellar design.)

"The Sleepers are very beautiful as they lie unclothed. They flow hand in hand over the whole earth from East to West."


"How calm, how solemn it grows to ascend the atmosphere of lovers."

"Give me nights perfectly quiet... and I looking up at the stars."


"The night follows along, with millions of suns, and sleep, and restoring darkness."


"Thoughts, silent thoughts, of Time and Space and Death."


"The spy has that measureless pride which revolts from every lesson but it's own."


"They are calm, clear, well possess'd of themselves."