Fairy Tale Book Art

Exquisite illustrative art found in picture books and fairy tales

Princess Labam, Indian tale
By John D. Batten
I “love” how the art nouveau Indian princess is…er…white. Along with everyone else in the same book! Victorians…*sigh* -__-;

Princess Labam, Indian tale

By John D. Batten

I “love” how the art nouveau Indian princess is…er…white. Along with everyone else in the same book! Victorians…*sigh* -__-;

"In an instant she was on the saddle, and clasped in his great strong arms."
From The Princess and the Goblin
By Jessie Willcox Smith

"In an instant she was on the saddle, and clasped in his great strong arms."

From The Princess and the Goblin

By Jessie Willcox Smith

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful
By (c) Forest Rogers
I keep posting those two - they feature in my most favourite fairytales ever. Through I prefer Vasilisa “the Brave” version :)

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful

By (c) Forest Rogers

I keep posting those two - they feature in my most favourite fairytales ever. Through I prefer Vasilisa “the Brave” version :)

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful
By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Beautiful

By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

From Aladdin and the Wondreful Lamp
By Walter Crane (1845-1915)

From Aladdin and the Wondreful Lamp

By Walter Crane (1845-1915)

From Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare By (c) Svetlin Vassilev 

From Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare

By (c) Svetlin Vassilev 

From Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare
By (c) Svetlin Vassilev 

From Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare

By (c) Svetlin Vassilev 

Baba Yaga in her flying mortar: the witch of Russian tales!
From Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian fairytale
By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

Baba Yaga in her flying mortar: the witch of Russian tales!

From Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian fairytale

By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

From Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian fairytale
By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

From Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian fairytale

By Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) 

From Echo and Narcissus, Greek myth
By Helen Stratton (dates unknown)
"I cannot climb a tree," she sobbed. "I’ll be eaten by the wolves." And that was true.
From Wooing of Becfola, Irish tale
By Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939)
"The queen threw one of the shirts over each of them, and when the shirts touched their bodies, they were changed into swans, and flew away over the wood.”
From The Six Swans
By Warwick Goble (1862 – 1943)
From The Lady of Shalott, Arthurian legend
She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces thro’ the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look’d down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack’d from side to side; “The curse is come upon me,” cried The Lady of Shalott.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson


By Emma Florence Harrison (1877–1955), English Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite artist
I was impressed to see some works by Pre-Raphaelite women at the current exhibition at Tate Britain (some were satirical!) but I can’t recall seeing any of her illustrations. Golden Age women illustrators are enough to fill a museum yet somehow it is the men that always get famous…
"The Entomologist’s Dream"
From Le Papillon Rouge, 1909
By Edmund Dulac (1882 – 1953)
"Everything about her was white, glistening and shining"
From The Dreamer of Dreams by the Queen of Roumania
By Edmund Dulac (1882 – 1953)