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The Little Mermaid - Fairy Tales - English Female Illustrator Pen and Ink

$ 6,500
  • Description
    Pioneering English Female Illustrator Helen Stratton masterfully renders in pen and ink a scene from "The Little Mermaid" in George Newnes's 1899 edition of the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. It is characterized by Stratton's high technical skill in depicting a complex narrative that grabs the moment of mermaids emerging from a dramatic sea. The caption reads: "She then saw her sisters rising out of the flood. They were as pale as herself, and their long and beautiful locks were no longer streaming to the winds, for they had been cut off". This is a finished study. The work is signed lower left. Archivally framed under glass to 18.25 x 14.25.
    Provenance: Honey & Wax Booksellers, New York
    Helen Stratton
    Born Helen Isobel Mansfield Ramsey Stratton
    5 April 1867
    Nowganj, India
    Died 4 June 1961 (aged 94)
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Nationality British
    Known for Illustration
    Movement Art Nouveau

    Helen Isobel Mansfield Ramsey Stratton (5 April 1867 – 4 June 1961) was a British artist and book illustrator.
    Page 1 illustration from Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

    Stratton was born in Nowganj, Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, India on 5 April 1867,[1] the daughter of a surgeon in the Indian military service John Proudfoot Stratton (1830–1895) and Georgina Anne Anderson. Soon after Helen's birth, and following her father's retirement, the family moved to England, settling in Bath.[2] By 1891 Helen was in Kensington, London to attend art school,[3] where she became a follower of Art Nouveau in the style of the Glasgow School of Art. For many years she lived and worked as a book illustrator and painter in Kensington with her widowed mother and siblings.[4] Stratton remained unmarried and in the 1930s she returned to Bath, living at The Bungalow, Widcombe Hill. She died on 4 June 1961, age 95, at Cran Hill Nursing Home, Weston.[5]
    Illustration career

    From 1896 Stratton became well known for bold and imaginative pen and ink illustrations to classic tales, her first success being Norman Gale's Songs for Little People, of which The Bookseller wrote in 1896 "Miss Stratton has headed, tailed and bordered the verses with a series of exquisitely pictured fancies".[6] In 1898 she drew 167 illustrations for Walter Douglas Campbell's Beyond the Border, then a year later reached the peak of her illustration career with upwards of four hundred drawings for a finely crafted art nouveau quarto edition of The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, published by George Newnes. In the same year she collaborated with William Heath Robinson and three other illustrators (A D McCormick, A L Davis and A E Norbury) to create hundreds of illustrations for The Arabian Nights Entertainments, initially published in sections, then later in a large quarto edition. Although initially noted for her black and white illustrations she also illustrated in watercolour for works such as H.C. Herbertson's Heroic Legends (1908) and Jean Lang's A Book of Myths (1915). Her work for The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald and its sequel The Princess and Curdie (1912) were particularly popular and have been frequently reprinted.[7]
    Books illustrated

    Norman Rowland Gale - Songs For Little People 8 B/W plates, B/W drawings throughout (Constable, 1896)
    Hans Christian Andersen – Tales From Hans Andersen (Constable, 1896)
    Walter Douglas Campbell - Beyond The Border 167 B/W drawings (Constable, 1898)
    Hans Christian Andersen – The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen circa 400 B/W illustrations by Lemercier and Helen Stratton (who gets sole credit on the title page) (George Newnes, 1899)
    Anonymous - The Arabian Nights Entertainments (contributor) (George Newnes, 1899)
    George Laurence Gomme – The Princess's Story Book 23 B/W drawings (Constable, 1901)
    Various – Fairy Tales for Little Folk (Blackie, 1902)
    Various – Long, Long Ago: A Picture Book of Nursery Tales (Blackie, 1902)
    Thomas Malory – Selections From Le Morte D’Arthur (Edited by C. L. Thomson) (Marshall, 1902)
    Clara Linklater Thomson – Tales From The Greek (Marshall, 1902)
    Brothers Grimm – Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1903)
    Charles Lamb – Shakespeare For Young People (The Tempest) (Alexander Moring, 1904)
    Hans Christian Andersen – Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales 16 colour plates, numerous B/W (Blackie, 1905)
    Gladys Davidson (selected and retold for children by) – The Arabian Nights' Entertainments (Blackie, 1906)
    Bessie Marchant – A Daughter of the Ranges (Blackie, 1906)
    Agnes Grozier Herbertson – Heroic Legends 16 colour plates (Blackie, 1908)
    Brothers Grimm – Cherry Blossom and Other Stories from Grimm 16 colour plates, 39 B/W (Blackie, 1908)
    John Bunyan (retold by Agnes Grozier) – The Pilgrim’s Progress (Blackie, 1909)
    Gladys Davidson (selected and retold for children by) – The Arabian Nights' Entertainments (Blackie, 1909; extended ed. of the 1906 ed.)
    Eliza F. Pollard – A Saxon Maid colour frontispiece, B/W text drawings (Blackie, 1909)
    Jessie Mabel Dearmer – The Playmate: A Christmas Mystery (Mowbray, 1910)
    George MacDonald – The Princess and The Goblin (Blackie, 1911)
    George MacDonald – The Princess and Curdie 12 colour plates, 29 B/W (Blackie, 1912)
    Crown Princess of Roumania, The Lily of Life, A Fairy Tale, preface by Sylvia Carmen, 18 colour plates (Hodder, 1913)
    Ethel Carnie – The Lamp Girl and Other Stories (Headley Bros, 1913)
    Jean Lang – A Book of Myths 20 colour plates (T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1915)
    Eleanor Cecilia Barnes – As The Water Flows: A Record of Adventures in a Canoe on The Rivers and Trout Streams of Southern England 36 colour plates, B/W drawings and initials throughout (Grant Richards, 1920)
    Brothers Grimm – Stories From Grimm (Blackie, 1921)
    Henry Lawrence Somers Cocks – The Mystery of Malvern Mire colour frontispiece, B/W text drawings (Wilson & Phillips, 1924)
    Enid Leale – Tony’s Desert Island (Nelson, 1929)
    Christine Chaundler – Ronald’s Burglar colour frontispiece, B/W throughout (Nelson, 1934)
    Constance Savery – Nicolas Chooses White May (Nelson, 1930)
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  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Pen and Ink on Paper
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1899
    Styles / Movements: Post Impressionism, Surrealism, Illustration
    Book References: "The Little Mermaid" in George Newnes's 1899 edition of the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
    Incollect Reference #: 702375
  • Dimensions
    W. 7.75 in; H. 11 in;
    W. 19.69 cm; H. 27.94 cm;
Message from Seller:

You'll find an eclectic group of art works at Robert Funk Fine Art. 45 years of experience has shaped Director Robert Funk's multi-perspective approach to presenting art. As an undergrad in painting, he studied with great teachers such as first-generation abstract expressionist Robert Richenburg and hyper-realist painter Janet Fish. In Graduate School he worked with famed critic E.C. Goossen and went on to work as a Photographer, New York Advertising Art Director, and Art Collector.

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