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Nine beautiful book illustrations

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For centuries, the finest works of literature have been brought to life with intricate illustrations.

It takes a skilled artist indeed to portray characters such as Alice in Wonderland's white rabbit or the crying lion from The Wizard of Oz. But once sketched out and published in print, they remain etched in our imaginations forever.

With the help of art.co.uk, a unique website dedicated to the reproduction of classic prints, we take a look at some of the most oustanding book illustrations ever created.

See fairytales, folklore and more in all their visual glory below - and shop for them too, should you wish...

1. Alice and the White Rabbit

A beautiful illustration by famed British cartoonist Sir John Tenniel in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

£25.99, art.co.uk

2. Peter Pan and Wendy Float Away Over the City

A print by British illustrator Alice B. Woodward from Peter and Wendy (popularly known as Peter Pan) by J. M. Barrie.

£25.99, art.co.uk

3. Miroirs des acteurs de kabuki

A print from the book Yakusha awase kagami ('A Mirror of Actors Compared') by the renowned master of Japanese woodblock artists, Utagawa Toyokuni.

£25.99, art.co.uk

4. The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

An illustration from The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum, created by caricaturist William Wallace Denslow.

£29.99, art.co.uk

5. Don Quixote

A vivid, bold-colour illustration from Miguel de Cervantes' literary masterpiece.

£43.99, art.co.uk

6. Butterflies Pulling Girls Through Space

Reproduced from a vintage print, this gorgeous print illustrates a traditional nursery rhyme.

£141.99, art.co.uk

7. Alice Watches the White Rabbit

Another illustration by John Tenniel, from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

£14.99, art.co.uk

8. The Princess Discovers a Frog at Her Feet

A fairy tale illustration by Willy Planck.

£25.99, art.co.uk

9. Peter Pan and Wendy Fly Over the Rooftops

An illustration from the stage play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie.

£25.99, art.co.uk

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