Little Mermaid illustrators – a brief history #2

Edmund Dulac, Natalie Waddell, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium,

Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was a French book illustrator born in Toulouse, who moved via Paris to London at the age of 22.

His pictures of the Little Mermaid featured in ‘Stories from Hans Christian Andersen’, published in 1911 by Hodder & Stoughton – a firm with which he retained a long association.

Dulac became a British Citizen in 1912 and among his many achievements, ended up designing postage stamps for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

His best known Little Mermaid illustration is probably The Prince Asked Who She Was. The full range of his work can be found here.


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