Illustration, Notebook

In Praise of Folly

Notebook: 30 November 2014


Matthew Richardson, one of my favourite illustrators, has done the drawings for a new edition of In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus who was a 15th/16th century Dutch humanist reformer and social critic. The book is a mix of social observation and parody narrated through the persona of ‘Folly,’ a jester like goddess. Matthew gets inspiration for Folly by looking across time and history at characters such as the fool, the jester, Pierott and even the Cat in the Hat and Malcolm McClaren. You can see more of Matthew’s illustrations for the book at Heart.