Sidney Stanley (b. Clapham, London, 14 August 1890; d. Marylebone, London, 5 February 1956)
**updated 7 January 2016**
Very little is known of the painter and illustrator Sidney Stanley, the only child of Walter Stanley (b. c. 1858), a clerk at the Board of Trade, and his wife Viola Agatha, née Blenman (b. in Barbados, c. 1858), who were married in Lambeth, London, in the summer of 1889.
|from The Story of Buddha|
His first book he co-illustrated with Gilbert James. It was Edith Holland’s The Story of Buddha (London: Harrap, [August 1916]). It contains nine illustrations, five signed by Stanley, three signed by James, with an unsigned frontispiece. Oddly, James is given first billing despite Stanley having contributed more illustrations.
The next book is perhaps his most significant in terms of his book illustrations, Serbian Fairy Tales, translated by Madame Elodie L. Mijatovich (London: William Heinemann, 1917; New York: Robert M. McBride, 1918). It contains eight color plates (a few particularly excellent), and eight black and white illustrations.
|from "Satan's Jugglings and God's Might"|
|from "Bash-Chalek; or, True Steel"|
Stanley was one of several illustrators to contribute to Puck Annual 1923 (London: Amalgamated Press, 1922), and his final illustrated books were for a series of pocket-sized classics published by Collins.
The first contains only a frontispiece. It is Tales Grotesque (London: Collins Clear-Type Press, [March 1931]), by E.A. Poe.
Stanley’s next illustrated book was The Willows and Other Queer Tales (London: Collins Clear-Type Press, [February 1932], by Algernon Blackwood. It contains five plates by Stanley, illustrating classic stories like “The Willows” (top) and “Ancient Sorceries” (second and third).
Stanley's final illustrated book was The House with the Green Shutters (London: Collins Clear-Type Press, [March 1933], by George Douglas. It contains only a frontispiece.
Stanley’s book illustrations deserve much more attention than they have hitherto received.