Keith Henderson, 'Buckaroo'

Keith Henderson, 'Buckaroo'

Keith Henderson (1883-1982)
'Buckaroo'
1934
Title page for 'Buckaroo' by Eugene Cunningham (London, 1934)
Museum no. E.15-1935

This image is for the title-page of Buckaroo, published in 1934. In style and technique it connects Keith Henderson with the world of advertising. Henderson started out as a painter and his first book illustrations, for the Romaunt of the Rose in 1908, come from this painterly past. Later, Henderson worked in advertising, designing posters for London Transport and the Empire Marketing Board. A connection between advertising and book jacket design was being established at this time and many poster artists like Henderson also designed book jackets.

For his later illustrations, Henderson used scraperboard to combine boldness of design with decorative effects. Scraperboard is a drawing board coated in white clay and covered with black ink from which the ink is scraped away to reveal the white. Developed towards the end of the 19th century to replace wood-engraving in books, it was also widely used in advertising from the 1920s until the 1950s.

This image can be found in Print Room Box 1.