Red and Blue Palette in Illustration

Below are examples of blue and red in art and illustration. I call this the Phantom Tollbooth palette because the blue of the original Phantom Tollbooth cover is distinctive. When the cover was modernised, a beautiful red was added. This teal blue plus red works especially well, I think.

The Dog's Ear Book 1958 by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
The Dog’s Ear Book 1958 by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
WILLIAM H. BARRIBAL (1873-1956) red blue
WILLIAM H. BARRIBAL (1873-1956) red blue
Eastman Johnson - The Lesson
Eastman Johnson – The Lesson
Kangaroo-for-Christmas-1962-written-and-illustrated-by-James-Flora-1914-1998
Richard Wiley did the illustration of the gentleman for this Jantzen ad, and someone else illustrated the woman. Early 1950s
Vladimir Bobri advertisements for Koret handbags, 1940
Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873 – 1948) Elegant Woman and Afghan
It's A Long Way To Heaven 1945 Abner Dean
It’s A Long Way To Heaven 1945 Abner Dean
Ada front cover 2010 by Atak
Joseph Mugnaini (1912 – 1992) 1955 book cover illustration for The October Country by Ray Bradbury
1926, Illustration by Jose Carlos 1884 -1950
Leonard Weisgard
Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle, 1929
Our Little Friends of Norway Ola and Marit by Frances Carpenter, illustrated by Curtiss Sprague, 1936
Our Little Friends of Norway Ola and Marit by Frances Carpenter, illustrated by Curtiss Sprague, 1936

The palette of red, white and various shades of blue is used pretty widely across various types of storytelling, occasionally because of a French connection e.g. the picture books in the Anatole series.

Paul Galdone (1907-1986), American author and illustrator of children's books of Hungarian origin. Anatole and the Cat, 1958
Paul Galdone (1907-1986), American author and illustrator of children’s books of Hungarian origin. Anatole and the Cat, 1958.
THE COMPLEET MOLESWORTH (1958) Ronald Searle
THE COMPLEET MOLESWORTH (1958) Ronald Searle
Héri Hérouard, Flight from Pekin to Paris, 1928
Héri Hérouard, Flight from Pekin to Paris, 1928
Rockwell Kent The Holly and the Ivy
Rockwell Kent The Holly and the Ivy
THE BROCKBANK OMNIBUS (Perpetua, 1957) Russell Brockbank
THE BROCKBANK OMNIBUS (Perpetua, 1957) Russell Brockbank
The Lone Ranger Annual, Great Britain, World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, 1953
The Lone Ranger Annual, Great Britain, World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, 1953
Alfred Crocker Leighton (1901-1965) Chateau Lake Louise 1938 red blue
Alfred Crocker Leighton (1901-1965) Chateau Lake Louise 1938
JAMES BINGHAM Perry Mason - Saturday Evening Post - 1960
JAMES BINGHAM Perry Mason – Saturday Evening Post – 1960
Nick Potter – British

The addition of purple in the image below (uncomfortable for its censure of sexualised, youthful motherhood) really pops against the blue and red.

George Hughes
George Hughes
Roy Frederick Spreter (1899-1967)
Roy Frederick Spreter (1899-1967)
Ernesto Garcia Cabral (Mexico, 1890-1968) red blue
Ernesto Garcia Cabral (Mexico, 1890-1968)
1936 November, cover by Ernest Hamlin Baker vehicle red blue
1936 November, cover by Ernest Hamlin Baker
A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet, edited by Red Skelton, illustrated by Jim Flora, pub Grosset & Dunlap 1965 cover
A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet, edited by Red Skelton, illustrated by Jim Flora, pub Grosset & Dunlap 1965 cover
1931 February trains
1931 February trains
Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora
Mambo for Cats by Jim Flora
1900-25 De Centrale Volksbank, Dutch Poster for The Central People's Bank, Secessionist style
1900-25 De Centrale Volksbank, Dutch Poster for The Central People’s Bank, Secessionist style
MICHIEL de geschiedenis van een mug (1940) Ruscha Wijdeveld
MICHIEL de geschiedenis van een mug (1940) Ruscha Wijdeveld
THE LITTLE BLACK FISH (1986) Inge van der Storm
THE LITTLE BLACK FISH (1986) Inge van der Storm
Japanese postcard from 1904
Japanese postcard from 1904
From The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak
From The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak
1908 Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Secessionist style Dutch poster
1908 Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Secessionist style Dutch poster
from Japanese children's magazine, Kodomo no kuni
from Japanese children’s magazine, Kodomo no kuni

Switch the palette up just a little and you get…

My home - October 1949 record player red blue
My home – October 1949 record player
DE VLIEGENDE KOGEL (1916) Jan Rinke red blue
DE VLIEGENDE KOGEL (1916) Jan Rinke red blue
Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet by Lynley Dodd cover
Utagawa Yoshifuji, Toy zukushi, 1858 red blue collage
Utagawa Yoshifuji, Toy zukushi, 1858
Edward Eggleston, Pennsylvania Railroad travel poster, ca 1930 blue red
DE TOVERVOGEL (1963) Ted Schaap
DE TOVERVOGEL (1963) Ted Schaap
Michael Silver
Michael Silver
Girl and pug in an automobile, 1927 by Gerda Wegener red blue
Girl and pug in an automobile, 1927 by Gerda Wegener
1940c Destroyer in Dry Dock oil on canvas 63.5 x 76 cm Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, UK John Nash
1940c Destroyer in Dry Dock oil on canvas 63.5 x 76 cm Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, UK John Nash
Sultana by Henry Clive bird
Sultana by Henry Clive bird
Alphonse Pellet (1853-1926) Harem Beauty red blue
Alphonse Pellet (1853-1926) Harem Beauty
central image is a drawing done by Edward Joseph Sullivan death
central image is a drawing done by Edward Joseph Sullivan
HMS Pinafore - D'Oyly Carte red blue
HMS Pinafore – D’Oyly Carte
1908 Opvoeding van het kind, Education of the Child, Secessionist Style Dutch poster
1908 Opvoeding van het kind, Education of the Child, Secessionist Style Dutch poster
Sergey Gerasimov (Russia, 1885 - 1964) At Maslovka,Evening, 1958 window night red chairs
Sergey Gerasimov (Russia, 1885 – 1964) At Maslovka,Evening, 1958 window night red chairs