Illustrating the Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

Among our vast collection of illustrated books from the early 20th century (“the Golden Age of Illustration” as some like to call it), we find that artists are continuously drawn to envision the timeless magic of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Below are selected images from such stories, showing the range of styles and interpretations that illustrators have garnered through familiar tales like “The Snow Queen”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.

NC965 .A52  Fairy Tales (date unknown) illustrator unknown

NC978 .5 .R622 H36 1913  Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1913) illustrated by Heath Robinson

 

NC978 .5 .C52 F3  The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault (19–?) illustrated by Harry Clarke

NC978 .5 .D8 A5  Stories From Hans Andersen (1911) illustrated by Edmund Dulac

NC978 .5 .W34 F3 1914  Fairy Tales From Hans Christian Andersen (1914) illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker

NC986 .5 .S92 H5  Historien Om en Moder (1929) illustrated by Fritz Syberg

-posted by Laura Guerin, IL 12

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