While Arthur Rackham was dying of cancer,  he persevered completing the series twelve scenes for The Wind in the Willows. it’s purported that his final design was Rat struggling under the weight of his “fat, wicker luncheon-basket.”  I’ve not found hard evidence for this, except by James Hamilton, a Rackham biographer. Nice touch if true, but nobody yet has suggested that Ratty and Mole’s picnic under the willows is a last supper.

Arthur Rackham. “Shove That Under Your Feet He Observed to the Mole as He Passed it Down into the Boat,” In Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1931.

Arthur Rackham. “Shove That Under Your Feet He Observed to the Mole as He Passed it Down into the Boat,” In The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1940.

Featured Image: Arthur Rackham. “The Mole Begged As A Favour To Be Allowed To Unpack It All By Himself,” In Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows.

See: Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows. Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.  New York: The Heritage Press, 1940; James Hamilton. Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration. London: Arcade Publishing,