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Fairy Collection

In the enchanting world of fairies, imagination takes flight

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairy Revels

Fairy Revels
Enchanting illustration showing fairies dancing in a ring underneath a toadstool while pixies, elves and sprites watch and hold lamps. c.1925

Background imageFairy Collection: What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush, 1904

What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush, 1904
BAL56270 What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush, 1904 by McCubbin, Frederick (1855-1917); Private Collection; Australian, out of copyright

Background imageFairy Collection: Snow Queen Harry Clarke

Snow Queen Harry Clarke
Kay meets the Snow Queen

Background imageFairy Collection: The Allies of Santa Claus by Mabel Lucie Attwell

The Allies of Santa Claus by Mabel Lucie Attwell
Two little girls slumber on a window sill as the elvish helpers of Father Christmasm sprinkle fairy dust in order that he may deliver presents. Date: 1919

Background imageFairy Collection: He was Jack Frost by Helen Jacobs

He was Jack Frost by Helen Jacobs
Enchanting illustration featuring a glistening Jack Frost lecturing a group of snowdrop fairies or pixies in a snow covered woodland glade

Background imageFairy Collection: Marsh King / Harry Clarke

Marsh King / Harry Clarke
Illustration of the Marsh Kings daughter in an oval frame

Background imageFairy Collection: Papageno (1935)

Papageno (1935)

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring

Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring
He whistled to the merry elves, Were leaping in a ring

Background imageFairy Collection: Fisherman and Mermaids in the blue Grotto on Capri

Fisherman and Mermaids in the blue Grotto on Capri. Private Collection

Background imageFairy Collection: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairies in flight by Florence Mary Anderson

Fairies in flight by Florence Mary Anderson. 1915

Background imageFairy Collection: Illustrated London News Christmas number cover, 1904

Illustrated London News Christmas number cover, 1904
A beautiful fairy with wings, looks thoughtful as she gazes out to the sea and starry sky. Front cover of The Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1904. Date: 1904

Background imageFairy Collection: Whither Away by Florence Mary Anderson

Whither Away by Florence Mary Anderson
A group of delicate looking fairies and pixies ride around on dragonflies and bees. c.1925

Background imageFairy Collection: The Moonchild by Florence Mary Anderson

The Moonchild by Florence Mary Anderson
A small, angelic looking child is carried through the sky in a basket held by a colourful group of fairies and pixies. c.1925

Background imageFairy Collection: Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane

Faerie Queene, c1900. Artist: Walter Crane
Faerie Queene, c1900. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1553-1599), illustrated by Walter Crane (1845-1915). From Modern Pen Drawings: European and American, Edited by Charles Holme

Background imageFairy Collection: Old Woman in the Wood

Old Woman in the Wood
The tree turns back into the Kings son, to the surprise and pleasure of the girl. (A dramatic instance of magical shape-changing or metamorphosis)

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairy Tales of Autumn - Hansel and Gretel by Pauline Baynes

Fairy Tales of Autumn - Hansel and Gretel by Pauline Baynes
Hansel and Gretel by Pauline Baynes, one of a series of four illustrations of fairy tales which reflect each season. In this case

Background imageFairy Collection: The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes

The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes
Charming illustration showing a land populated by all the characters from Christmas plays and pantomimes including Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Robinson Crusoe

Background imageFairy Collection: Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries

Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries
An autumnal folklore scene with a fairy, dressed in blue, sat amid the visible roots of a silver birch tree, holding a delicious-looking blackberry

Background imageFairy Collection: Goldilocks / Willcox Smith

Goldilocks / Willcox Smith
Goldilocks gives three teddy bears a talking-to

Background imageFairy Collection: Folklore / Fairies

Folklore / Fairies
Fairy flying with butterflies

Background imageFairy Collection: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 1), November, 1857

A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare, Act 4, Scene 1), November, 1857

Background imageFairy Collection: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs released in UK, 1938

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs released in UK, 1938
Page from The Bystander showing two scenes from the Disney full-length animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the time it was released in Britain

Background imageFairy Collection: Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene

Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene
While the King and Queen sleep, Prince Charming, with the blessing of the Lilac Fairy, bends to kiss the Sleeping Princess and thereby awaken her

Background imageFairy Collection: Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love

Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love
Siegfried and Odette fall in love while the little swans dance. Because of an evil spell, they are swans by day, and only resume human shape at midnight

Background imageFairy Collection: Sleeping Beauty ballet, christening scene

Sleeping Beauty ballet, christening scene
The christening scene in a ballet version of the Sleeping Beauty, with the wicked fairy Carabosse putting her curse on the baby Princess in her cradle

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairy Tales of Winter - Cinderella by Pauline Baynes

Fairy Tales of Winter - Cinderella by Pauline Baynes
Cinderella by Pauline Baynes, one of four illustration of fairy tales which reflect each season. In this instance, Cinderella is transformed by her fairy godmother into a dazzling princess while her

Background imageFairy Collection: Tom Thumb + Butterfly

Tom Thumb + Butterfly
He rides on the back of a butterfly

Background imageFairy Collection: Fairies and toadstools

Fairies and toadstools, from The Dream Pedlar. 1914

Background imageFairy Collection: Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire

Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd, Preston, Lancashire, office and factory -- trade design. 1920

Background imageFairy Collection: Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Angel with halo and butterfly wings playing harp

Background imageFairy Collection: The Fairy of Flight by William Barribal

The Fairy of Flight by William Barribal
A Spirit of the Age - The Fairy of Flight. Gorgeous illustration of a fairy with huge yellow wings. Date: 1909

Background imageFairy Collection: Victorian flower fairies

Victorian flower fairies
Flower fairy dancing on a bed of poppies and lilies from a postcard published by Raphael Tuck Date: 1900

Background imageFairy Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Cinderellas sisters arriving for the Ball in all their finery. Date: 1919

Background imageFairy Collection: The Tempest, Ariel

The Tempest, Ariel
Act I, Scene II Ariel guides the ship to safety Date: 1909

Background imageFairy Collection: Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger by Arthur Rackham
The crucial moment in the story of Sleeping Beauty when Beauty pricks her finger on a spinning wheel thus sending her to sleep for a number of years

Background imageFairy Collection: Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance

Cinderella ballet, Ugly Sisters trying to dance
The Ugly Sisters try to follow their dancing master while Cinderella stands disconsolately by the fire. A scene from a ballet version of Cinderella, based on French and Spanish fairytales

Background imageFairy Collection: Rose Fyleman

Rose Fyleman
Rose Amy Fyleman (1877-1957) - an English writer and poet, noted for works on fairy folk, for children"

Background imageFairy Collection: Finn McCool Hears Fairy Harp

Finn McCool Hears Fairy Harp
Finn McCool hears the fairy harp

Background imageFairy Collection: The Star Money - 1

The Star Money - 1
Die Sternthaler : the child gathers up the star money

Background imageFairy Collection: Frog Prince & Princess

Frog Prince & Princess
The princess discovers a frog at her feet: curiously, he too is wearing a crown

Background imageFairy Collection: The Hut of Baba Yaga

The Hut of Baba Yaga
The Baba Yaga chases the girl in a pestle

Background imageFairy Collection: Folklore / Fairies / Doyle

Folklore / Fairies / Doyle
AN ELF-FAIRY ROMANCE (picture 2 of 3) He finds her, and this is the consequence

Background imageFairy Collection: A fairy moon and a lonely shore A fairy moon and a lonely sh

A fairy moon and a lonely shore A fairy moon and a lonely sh
A fairy moon and a lonely shore. Print shows a man with a shoulder pole walking along a moonlite shore. Date between 1890 and 1940

Background imageFairy Collection: Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham

Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham
Princess Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty, pictured in a perfect pose as she sleeps for a hundred years after pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel

Background imageFairy Collection: Snow is brought by the Fairy of the North Wind

Snow is brought by the Fairy of the North Wind Date: early 20th century

Background imageFairy Collection: Off to Fairyland by Muriel Dawson

Off to Fairyland by Muriel Dawson
A small child engrossed in a huge book of fairy tales



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In the enchanting world of fairies, imagination takes flight. From the whimsical illustrations of "What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush, 1904" to Helen Jacobs' portrayal of Jack Frost, these magical beings captivate our hearts. Mabel Lucie Attwell's "The Allies of Santa Claus" reminds us that even Santa has fairy helpers spreading joy during Christmas time. Harry Clarke's Snow Queen transports us to a winter wonderland where fairies dance amidst glistening snowflakes. Meanwhile, on Capri Island, fishermen encounter mermaids in the mystical blue Grotto, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Richard Dadd's masterpiece "The Fairy Fellers Master-Stroke" unveils an intricate world where fairies revel in their mischievous ways. In "Old Woman in the Wood, " we witness a fairy tale come alive through captivating imagery. The Illustrated London News Christmas number cover from 1904 showcases fairies sprinkling magic over holiday festivities. Shakespeare's Ariel from "The Tempest" reminds us that even within literature, these ethereal creatures hold sway over our imaginations. Pauline Baynes' illustration of Hansel and Gretel invites us into autumnal fairy tales filled with adventure and wonder. Lastly, Lotte Reiniger's pioneering animation film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)" brings to life ancient Arabian tales with mesmerizing shadow puppetry. Within each artwork or story lies a glimpse into a realm where dreams intertwine with reality – a place where fairies reign supreme and ignite our sense of childlike wonderment.