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Edmund Dulac – Illustrations from Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales 1911

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Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; 1882 –  1953) was a French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer.

Dulac was a prolific illustrator and designer. His works include Stories from The Arabian Nights (1907) with 50 colour plates; an edition of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1908) with 40 colour illustrations; The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1909) with 20 colour plates; The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales (1910); Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911); The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (1912) with 28 colour plates and many monotone illustrations, Princess Badoura (1913) and many others.

After Edmund Dulac illustrated his first monumental work, the Arabian Nights in 1905. He did a few others notable works, including Lyrics Pathetic in 1907,  The Sleeping Beauty in 1910. 

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well.

His most famous fairy tales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Nightingale,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Red Shoes”, “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Match Girl,” and “Thumbelina.” His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.One of Copenhagen’s widest and busiest boulevards, skirting Copenhagen City Hall Square at the corner of which Andersen’s larger-than-life bronze statue sits, is named “H.C. Andersens Boulevard.

Presenting the illustrations from The Stories from Hans Andersen, with 28 color plates by Edmund Dulac. First published in 1911 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Other books illustrated by Edmund Dulac available in our gallery: Stories from the Arabian NightsLyrics, Pathetic and Humourous from A to Z, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Sleeping Beauty, The Bells, and other poems, Princess Badoura, Sindbad the Sailor and other stories and The Kingdom of the Pearl.

Art Gallery: Edmund Dulac – Illustrations from Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales 1911

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