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She set out... by Himmapaan She set out... by Himmapaan
*Updated 3rd July, 2010. New scan of original artwork. Please see this journal entry for further explanation.


'She set out very early the next morning'

Illustration for Princess Rosette from The Red Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang; published by The Folio Society, 2008.

Pen and ink and watercolour on Arches cold pressed watercolour paper, 250 x 190 mm.

Other illustrations for the book: [link]

The queen is 'mounted upon a pretty little white mule, which was shod with solid gold, and two of her ladies rode behind her on beautiful horses'. She is seeking advice from the hermit after learning that her longed-for daughter, the Rosette of the title, will in time inadvertently bring death and destruction upon her two sons.

I'd approached this tale, by Mme Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, once before during university ([link]). I was pleased to have had the chance to do so again professionally, even if I only got to do just one illustration for it this time. Perhaps someday I will get the opportunity to treat it wholly as one project again...


Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
Please do not reproduce without permission.
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RubyCat150 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So goooooood!
DaBair Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a gorgeous pic!
STONECASTLE311 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Ohhh so beautiful
SummerWren Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What enchantment! Full thorough illustrations captivate me
Irishmares Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
...and my heart skipped a beat...could it be I have finally found the artist who can capture my beloved irish horses nobility, beauty and grace. <soft sigh> you are incredible artist, everything I see of yours is simply amazing.
ViolaDiNebbia Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I'm amazed... you're works are so marvellous... I'm very amazed...
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Stunning work! :love:
SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! :heart: I love the soft colour pallet and the feeling fantasy and whimsy! :love:
Phee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this is really beautiful ... very reminiscent of Arthur Rackham, one of my favorite illustrators :D
DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
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