Maxwell Armfield’s Faery Tales


A selection of colour plates from Faery Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1910) illustrated by British artist Maxwell Armfield. I hadn’t seen this collection before which turned up whilst searching for Tinderbox illustrations. Armfield does illustrate that particular story (here titled The Tinder Box—the title varies) but we don’t get to see the monstrous hounds. I was especially struck by the picture of Mount Vesuvius from What the Moon Saw which looks more like something by Hokusai than the usual fairy tale painting of the period.









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The art of Maxwell Armfield, 1881–1972

9 thoughts on “Maxwell Armfield’s Faery Tales”

  1. Vesuvius also reminds me of an illustration of Mount Doom from
    Lord of the Rings (book not film) Can’t seem to find it online thouhg. :-(

  2. That doesn’t remind me of anything but there’s so many LotR illustrations now it’s difficult searching for anything unless you have an artist’s name.

  3. Sorry didn’t read the fine print. It was Pauline Baynes. Think you commented about her in a post some time ago.

  4. Yes, her illustrations are very familiar. That set used to appear on the single-volume paperback edition until Alan Lee and others began to take over. Her Mount Doom is also here.

  5. Armfield’s lettering resembles the medieval uncial style which is a regular feature of fantasy illustration. The round “e” is used on some of the LotR maps.

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