Little Mermaid illustrators – a brief history #1

mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Nat Waddell, transit of Venus,

Thomas Vilhelm Pedersen (1820-1859) was a Danish artist best known for being the first to illustrate the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

While Andersen’s earliest stories were published without pictures, as his popularity grew, a new five volume collection of his works was released in 1849 with 125 illustrations by Pedersen – a young naval officer at the time.

In Denmark today, Pedersen’s illustrations are considered inseparable from the original fairy tales.


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