Cinderella!

Illustration:  Cinderella.  The Three Bears’ Picture Book.  Illustrated by Walter Crane.  George Routledge and Sons: London & New York.

“Now fetch the mouse-trap from the shelf – there are six mice inside;”

She changed them to six prancing steeds, all harnessed side by side.

“Now fetch the rat-trap,” and there was therein a large black rat,

So he was made a coachman, with silk stockings and cocked hat.

Six lizards happening to be there, all ready to the hand,

Were changed to powdered footmen, staff and bouquet all so grand.

“Now, Cinderella, here’s your coach to take you to the ball.”

“Not as I am,” she cried; “like this I cannot go at all.”

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Cinderella.

The Three Bears’ Picture Book.

Illustrated by Walter Crane.

George Routledge and Sons: London & New York.

11 thoughts on “Cinderella!

  1. Thought it must be Walter Crane – everything fits together so well. The old limitations in colour printing created a particular aesthetic that Crane used so well. Just been looking at a book of very recent figure painting, published by Thames and Hudson, and felt really perhaps fuddy duddy but appalled by most of it (though I know there are some very good painters still around)! So thanks for a delightful drawing, Elephant….

  2. I notice Cinderella’s coat of arms has a rat. Was that commentary on how close she was to her coachman? Or perhaps the artist felt she was tricking the prince…

      1. Ugh, rats are only a small step above a snake… But I am biased. And yes, the coat of arms is a bit like a gravatar, wonderful point! I like you, Elephant.

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