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Fairy Tale Collection

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
Illustration showing the statue of Peter Pan, sculpted by Sir George Frampton and erected in Kensington Gardens, London, on 1 May 1912. Date: c.1920

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
The Green Knight rides over the bridge into Camelot Castle on New Years Day. He will set King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table a special challenge

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Poster for the Chateau de Sully sur Loire

Poster for the Chateau de Sully sur Loire
Poster advertising French railways, with trips to the Chateau de Sully sur Loire

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance

Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance
The Ugly Sisters try to follow their dancing master while Cinderella stands disconsolately by the fire. A scene from a ballet version of Cinderella, based on French and Spanish fairytales

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle, Wales, was built by King Edward I (1239 - 1307) on the site of an older building. The last Royalist castle to hold out for Charles I in the English Civil War

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene

Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene
While the King and Queen sleep, Prince Charming, with the blessing of the Lilac Fairy, bends to kiss the Sleeping Princess and thereby awaken her

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love

Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love
Siegfried and Odette fall in love while the little swans dance. Because of an evil spell, they are swans by day, and only resume human shape at midnight

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty ballet, christening scene

Sleeping Beauty ballet, christening scene
The christening scene in a ballet version of the Sleeping Beauty, with the wicked fairy Carabosse putting her curse on the baby Princess in her cradle

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Cinderellas sisters arriving for the Ball in all their finery. Date: 1919

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger by Arthur Rackham
The crucial moment in the story of Sleeping Beauty when Beauty pricks her finger on a spinning wheel thus sending her to sleep for a number of years

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham
Princess Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty, pictured in a perfect pose as she sleeps for a hundred years after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Ella, aka Cinderella, in her beautiful gown, dancing with the Prince at the Ball. Date: 1919

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Ella, aka Cinderella, sitting in rags with a broom in her hand. Date: 1919

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham
An unsuccessful princely suitor tries to fight his way through the thicket of thorns surrounding the castle where Sleeping Beauty slumbers

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina flies off with her Fairy Prince

Thumbelina flies off with her Fairy Prince
Thumbelina meets the Fairy Prince and flies off with him, and they live Happily Ever After. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina flies away on the Swallows back

Thumbelina flies away on the Swallows back
Thumbelina escapes from the Field Mouse and the Mole on the back of the Swallow. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina kisses the Swallow goodbye

Thumbelina kisses the Swallow goodbye
Thumbelina stands on tiptoe and kisses the Swallow goodbye. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Vasilissa on her way to the Baba-Yaga

Vasilissa on her way to the Baba-Yaga - from a traditional Russian fairy tale Date: 1910

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham
Princess Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty turns a key in the lock of a door, where she is about to meet the wicked old fairy, whose spindle will prick her finger sending her, and the royal household

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss in Boots Master dressed in fine clothes

Puss in Boots Master dressed in fine clothes
Puss in Boots Master dresses in fine clothes given to him by the King after his drowning incident. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss tries on his new Boots at the Cobblers Shop

Puss tries on his new Boots at the Cobblers Shop. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss in Boots presents a rabbit from his Master to the King

Puss in Boots presents a rabbit from his Master to the King
Puss in Boots presents a gift of a rabbit from his Master to the King. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss in Boots and the Poor Millers Son

Puss in Boots and the Poor Millers Son
The Poor Millers Son leaves the mill with his cat (Puss in Boots). Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White makes herself useful in the home of the Seven Dwarfs

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Babes in the Wood - John Hassall

Babes in the Wood - John Hassall
Illustration of the fairy-tale Babes in the wood. Babes in the Wood is a traditional English children's tale, as well as a popular pantomime subject

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: From Snow White & Rose Red by Katharine Cameron

From Snow White & Rose Red by Katharine Cameron. Cameron was a Glasgow born illustrator and an associate of Jessie M King and the Mackintoshes. 1904

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Hansel & Gretel arrive at the witchs house

Hansel & Gretel arrive at the witchs house
A Happy New Year To You -- Hansel & Gretel arrive at the witchs house and start eating the tiles off the roof. 20th century

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Palemon sees Ondine dancing with her shadow

Palemon sees Ondine dancing with her shadow
Palemon sees Ondine, a water sprite, dancing with her shadow. Captivated by her beauty he pursues her to the forest. Illustration to a fairytale by Baron Friedrich de la Motte Fouque

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina begs the Field Mouse for food

Thumbelina begs the Field Mouse for food
A hungry Thumbelina begs for food at the Field Mouses house. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina curtsies to the Tiresome Old Mole

Thumbelina curtsies to the Tiresome Old Mole
An unhappy Thumbelina curtsies to the Tiresome Old Mole, who falls in love with her and wants her to live with him underground

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina drawn by a butterfly down a stream

Thumbelina drawn by a butterfly down a stream
Thumbelina, standing on a leaf, is drawn downstream by a butterfly. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Snowdrop by Katharine Cameron

Snowdrop by Katharine Cameron
Snowdrop (or Snow White) by Katharine Cameron. Snowdrop appears to be dead. Cameron was a Glasgow born illustrator and an associate of Jessie M King and the Mackintoshes. 1904

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella ballet, Cinderella and Prince Charming dance

Cinderella ballet, Cinderella and Prince Charming dance
The Ugly Sisters watch with jealousy as Cinderella (in disguise) dances with Prince Charming at the ball. A scene from a ballet version of Cinderella, based on French and Spanish fairytales

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Marriage of Puss in Boots Master to the Princess

Marriage of Puss in Boots Master to the Princess
Puss in Boots takes over the Rich Magicians castle and leads the King to believe that it belongs to his Master. Pusss Master marries the Princess

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Tirrenio warns Palemon to be faithful to Ondine

Tirrenio warns Palemon to be faithful to Ondine
Tirrenio, Lord of the Mediterranean, warns Palemon that if he is unfaithful to Ondine he will lose his life. Illustration to a fairytale by Baron Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, first published 1812

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss in Boots enters the Rich Magicians castle

Puss in Boots enters the Rich Magicians castle. Illustration to a fairytale by Charles Perrault, first published 1697

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Palemon sees a vision of Ondine

Palemon sees a vision of Ondine
Palemon, now married to Berta, sees a vision of Ondine during his wedding celebrations and realises that it is she whom he really loves

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Puss in Boots challenges the Magician to turn into a mouse

Puss in Boots challenges the Magician to turn into a mouse
Puss in Boots challenges the Rich Magician to turn himself into a mouse -- this is a trick, as Puss immediately catches the mouse and eats it

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina ridiculed by the Lady Cockchafers

Thumbelina ridiculed by the Lady Cockchafers
Thumbelina is ridiculed by the Lady Cockchafers, who laugh at her for having only two legs and no feelers. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina is born

Thumbelina is born -- the flower opens and a tiny girl appears. Beginning of a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Thumbelina and the Old Toad

Thumbelina and the Old Toad
An Old Toad tells Thumbelina that she must marry her ugly son. Illustration to a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, first published 1835

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Cinderella meets a princess at a spinning wheel

Cinderella meets a princess at a spinning wheel
A composite illustration of two childrens stories -- Prince Charming fits the glass slipper on Cinderella (right), and a prince encounters a princess (possibly Princess Aurora)

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Room by Munthe at Holmencollen near Oslo

Room by Munthe at Holmencollen near Oslo
Fairy-tale Room designed by Gerhard Munthe at the hotel Holmencollen (Holmenkollen) near Oslo Date: 1905

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Elves jumping over toadstools

Elves jumping over toadstools
A party scene with elves jumping over toadstools as a mouse provides the musical entertainment. Date: 1912

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: An elf at the door of a witchs house

An elf at the door of a witchs house
An elf appears frightened as a witch comes out of her house to see him. c. 1920

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Elves and pixies in a wagon

Elves and pixies in a wagon c. 1920

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Mount Orgveil Castle

Mount Orgveil Castle
Mont Orgueil Castle (Gorey Castle), Jersey, Channel Islands. Construction of the present castle followed the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204. Date: 1990

Background imageFairy Tale Collection: Children ride reindeer by P. A. Staynes

Children ride reindeer by P. A. Staynes
Two small children ride a reindeer towards a rose-red city half as old as time, an illustration to accompany a ballad written by Ffrida Wolfe. Date: 1911



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