[n.p.]: , 1932. Item #00026
A Superb Original Arthur Rackham Watercolor Drawing
RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939). “Just as the swineherd was taking the eighty-sixth kiss.” [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1932]. Original pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing for the color plate facing p. 84, illustrating the fairy tale “The Swineherd” in Arthur Rackham’s Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen (London: ). Signed at lower left. Image size: 11 13/16 x 9 1/16 inches; 300 x 231 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed.
This highly detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor drawing depicts the swineherd, “that is to say, the Prince (but, of course, they did not know that he was not a real swineherd),” and the Princess sitting just outside the pigsty, kissing, with three pigs in the pigsty at lower left, five maids of honor standing around them at right counting the kisses, and the Emperor watching them from behind a brick fence.