Frank Cheyne Papé, 'Christian Slaying Apollon'

Frank Cheyne Papé, 'Christian Slaying Apollon'

Frank Cheyne Papé
'Christian Slaying Apollon'
1910
Illustration for 'Pilgrim's Progress' by John Bunyan (London: Dent, 1910)
Museum no. E.488-1981

This illustration, for Pilgrim's Progress (1910), dates from the early part of Papé's career when his work was characterised by his use of colour. He tended to work in black and white after the First World War. He always painted from imagination, combining fantasy and a sense of drama.

Papé's illustrations sparked a cult following for his work. Papé first illustrated fairytales in the 1890s, but became famous for his satirical illustrations in the 1920s, starting with James Branch Cabell's Jurgen. Jurgen was an ironic fantasy novel set in the Middle Ages, which, because of its erotic symbolism, was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1919. When it was eventually published in 1921, it sold out on the first day.

This image can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 1.