'Once upon a time... In a fabled land of mythical beasts

Scandinavian Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), is largely considered to be the father of the literary fairy tale in Scandinavia. Andersen published four collections between 1835 and 1872, comprised of the retelling of folk tales he had heard as a child and his original stories. Not only did Andersen inspire generations of Scandinavian writers, but his translated works were hugely popular throughout the world. The Bridgeman collection holds over 100 images from tales written by Andersen.

SC8319 (detail) 'Thumbkinetta' from Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, 1872 by Boyle, Eleanor Vere</br>Victoria & Albert Museum
SC8319 (detail) 'Thumbkinetta' from Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, 1872 by Boyle, Eleanor Vere
Victoria & Albert Museum

Swedish painter and illustrator, John Bauer, is best known for his illustrations for the first of eight volumes of Bland tomtar och Troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), an annual collection of fairy tales written by Swedish authors first published in 1907. This collection is beloved in Sweden and continues to this day. It is said that John’s wife, Esther, was the model for his fairy princess. Norwegian Artists Erik Theodor Werenskiold (1855-1938) and Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914) are both well known for creating illustrations for a popular Norwegian collection of folktales and legends known as Asbjornsen and Moe.

Images from Scandinavian folklore in the Bridgeman archive.

SNM185781 The Troll and the Boy (w/c on paper) by Bauer, John (1882-1918)/ Nationalmuseum
SNM185781 The Troll and the Boy (w/c on paper) by Bauer, John (1882-1918)/ Nationalmuseum

Scandinavian literature is deeply rooted in the traditions of legend and folklore. Bridgeman represents two significant Scandinavian collections. The O.Vaering collection from Oslo, Norway is an impressive collection of Norwegian national treasures. The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm is Sweden's premier museum of art with a significant collection of European and Swedish masters such as Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn.

CBE198650 Alice and the Mock Turtle, illustration from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 1907 (pen and ink & w/c on paper) by Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)</br>Chris Beetles, London, U.K.
CBE198650 Alice and the Mock Turtle, illustration from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 1907 (pen and ink & w/c on paper) by Rackham, Arthur (1867-1939)
Chris Beetles, London, U.K.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
illustrations by Arthur Rackham and John Tenniel

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was first published in 1865 with illustrations by John Tenniel. In 1907, an edition of the book was published with illustrations by Arthur Rackham, one of England’s most celebrated children’s artsists. To date, the book has never been out of print, having been translated into 125 languages and has been adapted in theatre and film, including next Spring’s forthcoming motion picture directed by Tim Burton.

Click here to take a look at illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham and John Tenniel.

In addition, Bridgeman holds over 300 illustrations by Arthur Rackham, from the adventures of Peter Pan to the worlds of Gulliver’s Travels.

Contemporary Artists

Whimsical drawings featuring anthropomorphic moons, futuristic animals, dragons and fairies are a hallmark of British artist, Wayne Anderson.

Irish painter, Jonathan Barry's, colorful scenes have been featured in many of the most beloved children's books of all time: Dracula, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.

Gorgeous illustrations by British artist, James Lynch, follow the adventures of Toad and his friends, from the Kenneth Grahame classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Frances Broomfield's colorful paintings of mythical creatures and notorious charactures such as The Dodo, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and The Mad Hatter are sure to spark the imagination.

 

WAY150074 Sea Witch (detail)(pencil and coloured crayon on paper) by Wayne Anderson (Contemporary Artist)
WAY150074 Sea Witch (detail)(pencil and coloured crayon on paper) by Wayne Anderson (Contemporary Artist)


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