Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fragments of Fairytales (an occasional feature)

"That which thou has promised
must thou perform"
~ Brothers Grimm
The Frog King

 click to enlarge

 The king's daughter was overjoyed when she beheld her pretty
plaything again, picked up, and ran away with it.
- Illustration by Warwick Goble to The Frog Prince


  1. I like this quote:
    "That which thou has promised
    must thou perform"
    other wise, just don't promise.
    Fairy tale art has always enchanted me. Thank you.

  2. Yes! Three (so far) great people who like fairytales! I can't resist more of these posts. If you have a favorite fairytale or illustrated book, let me know and I'll try to dig something up for you for the next feature!

    Peace and love,

  3. This illustration reminds me of my childhood. We had several big books, illustrated in this way. I have no idea what happened to them over the years.

    Another of my favorites was Alice in Wonderland.

    Oh yes, and the Arabian Nights.

  4. i love the art, it's gorgeous...and the quote is also wonderful...if i can think of one, i will let you know...my mind is blank as to fairytales at the present time ;)

  5. me too! me too!
    there is so much whimsy and wisdom in fairytales

    I sometimes think of myself as a character in a fairytale - overweight and smoking and cussing too much but yet a fairy ;)

  6. As kids we had a musical version of this, with songs that stick in my head all these years later...

    "Open the door, my princess dear,
    Open the door to thy true love here,
    And mind the word that thou hast said,
    In the fountain cool of the greenwood shade."

    The frog sang this at the door when she wouldn't let him in. I can hear almost every word of dialog from that record in my head. It was an exceptional performance, actually.

  7. Bobbie:Too we don't always think to hang on to certain things. Probably why packrats can't get rid of anything. :-) I love the Alice illustrations, too. And Winnie the Pooh. I have some images saved from the Alice books but I'd forgotten all about the Pooh stories until just this moment.

    Linda! I'll have to pop over to see what it is you've been thinking about. That is a beautiful illustration, isn't it? And I'll have to dig up some images by Dulac for Susan!

    Di: you are a fairy! I've known it all along! I'm glad you are aware of it, too! You can tell Hope I said that you are Nana the Wise and Clever Fairy (even if you do smoke and cuss - she'll forgive ya!) :-)

    Cloudy Chambers: that sounds sexy! Woop! ;-D Thanks and Aloha!

    Steve: that's cool! I never listened to kids' music when I was little; preferring rock and roll. Maybe I hadn't been exposed to the fun stuff.


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