"The Sleeping Beauty" by Walter Crane

[The Prince arrives at the castle]. Walter Crane, RWS (1845-1915). Engraved and printed in colour by Edmund Evans. The Sleeping Beauty, pp. 4-5. 1898 ed., but the tale with these illustrations was originally published separately by Routledge in 1876.

From the peacock on the portico, the knight and his hunting dog and the black cat, to the musician with a lyre, the whole scene is deep in slumber. The poppy itself is drooping. The prince looks bemused, while the princess sleeps in a inner room. The accompanying verse has almost caught up with the story told in the illustrations, here reaching the point where the prince enquires about the castle.

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Bluebeard's Picture Book. Reissue. London & New York: John Lane, the Bodley Head, 1898. Internet Archive version of a copy in the Smithsonian Libraries. Web. 8 June 2021.

Created 7 June 2021