Friday, May 7, 2010

The Coming of the Fairies

With such nice weather this week, our thoughts have been turning to the green meadows and woods, and this led us to think of Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, the young cousins who in 1917 discovered and photographed fairies inhabiting the stream near Elsie's mother's house in Cottingley, West Yorkshire.

Some people say that the fairies in the famous Cottingley photographs were cut out from a book. We don't think the girls would have done anything as beastly as book breaking, and we wouldn't expect the fairy photographers of today to do it either.

With that in mind, here are links to three images for you to print and cut out to arrange in your own fairy photographs. We think they would go nicely with the Gilded Fairy Chair we talked about on Monday.

Fairy Mischief JPG (3.62 MB)
Thistle Tassel PDF (322 KB)
Fairies Dancing PDF (188 KB)

(A May 12 P.S.: Many thanks to our friend Caron, who pointed out that our fairy downloads were the work of Pre-Raphaelite artist Florence Harrison. We found the pictures in our 1912 copy of her book Elfin Song, A Book of Verse.)

6 comments:

Shelley Noble said...

Oh, my god, I'm a book breaker! I have to have certain precious images in my line of sight daily to carry on!

Thanks for these images. I want to make my own 2D 3D fairy tableau one day.

Ulla said...

Love, love, love that first image! Perhaps they have in mind 'borrowing' the fairy chair as well???
U.

Castle in the Air said...

Shelley - I think I need to get you a gift card for Copy Central!! Dare Wright books go for between $150-300 now. Anyway - you are in good company - Ulla is a book breaker too!!
I might be the worst of all because while I would never take apart a book I have sold scavenged parts - horrors of all horrors!
Sending my best!!
Karima

Rosanna Pereyra said...

Hi Karima!
I love the fairy pics you put up. They are fantastic. I must admit that I am addicted to fairytales and often buy books just for the images.

Thanks for sharing,
Rosanna

P.S. Have you made any dolls lately??

Zuzu's petals said...

The lovely Illustrations are by the English Illustrator Florence Harrison, she was born aboard a ship that her father captained in Australia, She is best known for her Illustrations to Christina Rosetti's "Goblin Market". but she was very prolific. Florence also wrote stories and poetry and all the lettering is hand drawn by her. she died in Sussex England in 1955.

Castle in the Air said...

Caron - Thank you!!