Sidney Sime – Victorian master of fantasy art

Sidney Sime (1867-1941) was a Mancunian, late-Victorian artist who rose to prominence in 1904, when he was approached by canonical fantasy author Lord Dunsany, a writer best known for The King of Elfland’s Daughter (1924), who asked him to illustrate his very first novel. The rest is history. Below is a selection of Sime’s work.

The city of never
sidney sime - the ultimategod.jpg
the ultimate god
sime - he felt as a morsel.jpg
he felt as a morsel
sime - it.jpg
‘IT’ (I have a friend who is an H. P. Lovecraft scholar and I showed him this image as I thought it seemed similar to Lovecraft’s infamous Cthulhu. This image was drawn in 1911, whilst ‘Call of Cthulhu’ was published in 1928 and my friend informed me that Lovecraft was enormously influenced by Lord Dunsany, whose work was illustrated by Sime. It seems very plausible then that this image could be the primary visual influence for the infamous Cthulhu!
sime - raimer cram.jpg
raimer cram
sime - the bride of the man horse.jpg
the bride of the man horse
sime - the fortress.jpg
the fortress
sime - the gate of yann.jpg
the gate of yann
sime - the lean, high house of the knoles.jpg
the lean, high house of the knoles
the ominous cough
sime - the silence of ged.jpg
the silence of ged
sime - we would gallop through africa.jpg
we would gallop through africa
bookwonder gibbelins.jpg
bookwonder gibbelins
a map of the land of dreams
trees and imps
cover art for Lord Dunsany’s ‘The King of Elfland’s Daughter’.


NB: images sourced from and


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