Another slightly belated Friday Fave! This week the fairytale illustrations of Kay Nielsen, specifically from The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Kay Nielsen was a Danish illustrator popular during “the golden age of illustration” along with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. You can see a lot of Nielsen’s work on this page and you can read more about him on Wikipedia, too. If you want to buy a book of his illustrations you can find a lot of them up on amazon, here. I’m no expert but I do have a few of his books and this one, “In Powder and Crinoline”, is perhaps my favorite. It contains a lot of beautiful stories featuring ball gowns and 18th-century-esque illustrations including the Twelve Dancing Princesses. This book, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales”, is almost an almost identical version of it with the same fairy tales and illustrations (though the actual interior book cover is not as lovely.) So you can try to find which one has the most affordable option.
Nielsen also did some development work for Disney’s Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. Someone has put up a Youtube video of his Disney development work here!
He’s illustrated a ton of beautiful fairytales, but I wanted to share this specific one , The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with you.