Willy Pogány (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) was a Hungarian book illustrator recognized by his pen and ink drawings (although also mastering warm pastels, watercolors and oil). Most of his work fits into an Art Nouveau “fairy-tale” orientated style, abundant in mythical and magic creatures. He studied art in Paris, where he struggled for two years before moving to London. In London he produced some of his masterpieces, such as the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a major poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. During this period, Willy Pogány became a Fellow of the London Royal Society of Art and received several awards. Ten years later (in 1914), he left to the US, extending his productions to different fields, including animated movies.
His talented illustrations are a perfect match for the wonders Alice found down the rabbit-hole. Pogány’s Alice was first published in 1929 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company), portraying a “jazz age” young lady that become known as the “flapper Alice”.