​A Brief Introduction To 7 Classic Fairy Tale Illustrators You Should Know
Start writing a post

​A Brief Introduction To 7 Classic Fairy Tale Illustrators You Should Know

See if you recognize some of these famous illustrators from your childhood!

​A Brief Introduction To 7 Classic Fairy Tale Illustrators You Should Know
Walter Crane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ivan Bilibin

The A prominent Russian illustrator, Ivan Bilibin was born in St. Petersburg in 1876. However, he studied art in Munich under the noteworthy Ilya Repin. Inspired by Slavic folklore, you might know him from The Tale of the Little Golden Cockerel. Though most of his work was for Russian publications. On a side note, he had a pension for marrying (and divorcing) his younger students. Three times.

Virginia Frances Sterrett

Born in 1900, Virginia received her first commission at the age of 19, Old French Fairy Tales. However, she developed tuberculosis which would hinder her artistic capabilities. She was only able to complete Tanglewood and The Arabian Nights before the disease took her at the age of 31.

Kay Nielsen

Born in 1886, Kay Nielsen was a Danish artist prominent during the golden age of illustration. He joined the ranks of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. Some of the works he illustrated include, In Powder and Crinoline and East of the Sun and West of the Moon as well as for the Brother’s Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. His paintings are easily identifiable as his own, with high-contrast strokes and an etched quality about them.

Edmund Dulac

Born in France in 1882, Edmund Dulac started to study law before switching to art. In 1905, he immigrated to Britain. His first commission was to illustrate novels for the Brontë sisters. He also designed banknotes and stamps for the British during WWII, most notably the stamps honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Some other works you might know him from Hans Christian Andersen's’ Fairy Tales and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells and Other Poems.

Walter Crane

Born in 1845 in England, Walter Crane is considered the most influential and prolific of children’s fairy tale illustrators. Born nearly a generation before his contemporaries, Crane’s illustrations were likely what they saw as children. He was part of the Arts and Crafts Movement and noted for his images for the Socialist Party. He essentially helped create the children-in-the-garden motif surrounding fairy tales and nursery rhymes, which persisted for decades after his death in 1915.

Arthur Rackham

Another English illustrator, Arthur Rackham was born in 1867 as one of 12 children. He was sickly as a teen and his parents sent him on a sea voyage to Australia to improve his health. I don’t know if that worked, but upon his return, he became the biggest name in golden age illustrators. Known for his pen and ink fantasy scenes, we know him today for his illustrations in the Brother’s Grimm and Gulliver’s Travels.

Warwick Goble

The War of the Worlds. What set him apart was his specialization in Indian and Japanese theme illustrations

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Plus Size Appreciation: How I Learned To Love My Body

Because it is okay to not be "skinny."


In America, we tend to stick up our noses at certain things that aren't the norm. For example, people who are overweight, or the politically correct term “obese." Men and women who are overweight get so much backlash because they are not skinny or "in shape," especially, African-American women, who are typically known for having wider hips and thicker thighs. Robert Darryl, an African-American filmmaker, explains the overall intention of the body mass index in his follow-up sequel, “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments."

Keep Reading... Show less

It's More Than Just A Month

Mental Awareness reminds you that it's always darkest before the dawn.

Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.

As the month of May begins, so does Mental Health Awareness Month. Anxiety, depression, bipolar mood disorder, eating disorders, and more affect millions of people in the United States alone every year. Out of those affected, only about one half seek some form of treatment.

Keep Reading... Show less

Pop Culture Needs More Plus Size Protagonists

When almost 70% of American women are a size 14 or bigger, movies like Dumplin' are ridiculously important, while movies like I Feel Pretty just feel ridiculous.


For as long as I can remember, I've been fat. The protagonists in the movies I've watched and the books I've read, however, have not been. . .

Keep Reading... Show less
How I Met My Best Friends In College

Quarantine inspired me to write about my freshman year to keep it positive and focus on all the good things I was able to experience this year! In this article, I will be talking about how I was able to make such amazing friends by simply putting myself out there and trying new things.

Keep Reading... Show less

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather

Both indoors and outdoors things to do in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather
Dahlia DeHaan

In 2017, I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - one of the most touristy places on the East Coast. And ever since then, I've befriended locals and done some exploring on my own to discover new, fun things to do in Myrtle Beach. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments