[Bluebeard and his wife]

Walter Crane, RWS (1845-1915)

Engraved and printed in colour by Edmund Evans

1898 ed., but originally published by Routledge in 1873

Bluebeard, p. 1

Bluebeard, who lives in style and "led a merry life," shows his keys to his new wife, pointing to one in particular. The young groom looks round dubiously. The peacock on the wall behind the horse suggests the wife's pride at being left in charge.

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