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Illustration to The Little Mermaid from Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Illustration
1870-1880 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A self taught artist, Walter Crane was apprenticed to W.J. Linton in London in 1857. He contributed to the development of the illustrated book more than any other contemporary artist, focusing on books for children. His style was drawn from sources including illuminated manuscripts, early printed books and Japanese prints as well as Pre-Raphaelite art.

This is one of a series of six illustrations to 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) Here the mermaid is shown visiting the surface for the first time, on the occasion of her fifteenth birthday. Fine horizontal lines and washes of blue and green create a watery effect.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional TitleA mermaid swimming (popular title)
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink and watercolour
Brief Description
Crane, Walter, A mermaid swimming, drawing illustrating Hans Christian Andersen's story 'The Little Mermaid', pen and ink and watercolour
Physical Description
Pen and ink and watercolour illstration showing the little mermaid swiming to the surface of the sea. Washes of green and blue create the different levels of the sea. Below her fishes are shown swimming.
Dimensions
  • Height: 15.6cm
  • Width: 22.0cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • "CW" (Monogram in ink in the bottom left corner)
  • The Little Mermaid (Inscribed in pencil on the back (not in the artist's hand))
  • 1 (Numbered in pencil on the back.)
Credit line
Bequeathed by H.H. Harrod
Object history
Bequeathed by H. H. Harrod, 1948
Subjects depicted
Literary Reference'The Little Mermaid' by Hans Christian Andersen
Summary
A self taught artist, Walter Crane was apprenticed to W.J. Linton in London in 1857. He contributed to the development of the illustrated book more than any other contemporary artist, focusing on books for children. His style was drawn from sources including illuminated manuscripts, early printed books and Japanese prints as well as Pre-Raphaelite art.



This is one of a series of six illustrations to 'The Little Mermaid' (1836) by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) Here the mermaid is shown visiting the surface for the first time, on the occasion of her fifteenth birthday. Fine horizontal lines and washes of blue and green create a watery effect.
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and Department of Paintings, Accessions: 1948, Volume II, Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957
Collection
Accession Number
E.231-1948

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