[London]: , 1932. Item #04108
Little Gerda and the Lapp Woman from "The Snow Queen"
Illustrated on page 32 of Arthur Rackham's Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (1932)
RACKHAM, Arthur, artist. "The Lapp Woman wrote few words on a dried Stockfish" [London, 1932.]. Original pen, ink and blue watercolor drawing, signed lower right. Image size: 8 x 7 1/2 inches: 204 x 191 mm.
Published as the black & white illustration on page 74 of Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, [London, 1932].
"And when little Gerda had been warmed, and had had something to eat and drink, the Lapp woman wrote a few words on a dried stockfish, bidding Gerda to take good care of it, tied her on the reindeer again, and away they went. Flash! Flash! it went up in the sky. All night long burned the beautiful blue Northern Lights"
In this marvelous watercolor, Gerda and the Lapp woman are sitting in the little hut which has vegetables hanging from the low wooden beams. Gerda is dressed in a pretty blue and white dotted dress, and is sitting with a bowl and spoon on her lap. She is looking at the Lapp woman who is holding the dried stockfish, writing on it with a quill. The Lapp woman is dressed in a red top, blue skirt and red and blue striped headscarf, and is wearing big round glasses on her long nose. The Lapp woman with her wizened hands and feet are the focal point of the picture, the whole scene giving the impression of warmth and intimacy between the little girl and the Lapp woman.
This fine watercolor appeared in the book on page 74 as a black and white drawing. As was often the case, Arthur Rackham has added background and full watercolor to the image in order to enhance its salability.
Provenance: Labels on back of frame: Ernst Brown & Phillips, Ltd., The Leecester Gallery, London ; The Fine Art Society Ltd., London, June 1972; Sheffield City Art Gallery - December 1979 - April 1980; Colin White 1979-2017.