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The Master Thief by Himmapaan The Master Thief by Himmapaan
*Updated 9th July, 2010. New scan of original artwork. Other illustrations from this set will be gradually updated. Please see this journal entry for further explanation.

'It's a remarkably fine hare!'

Illustration for The Master Thief, from Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book, published by The Folio Society, 2008.

Pen and ink and watercolour on 140lb/300gsm Arches cold pressed, 245 x 185mm.

The illustration is of the moment when the Governor rallies his friends to try and catch a hare which the 'Master thief' of the title has let loose in his household.

For some reason, I decided that the lady in black just behind him is his daughter.

Other illustrations for this book: [link]
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Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and The Folio Society, 2008.
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Calmar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
A fine hare indeed! :)
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Mis-misunderstood Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Love this, I got this baby gift 26 years ago :lol:...it's a WW plate with a similar theme, in mine it's a hare with food being chased away by farmers, quite nostaltic :clap:
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a way I can't help thinking of Brer Rabbit, the anti-authoritarian trickster when I saw this.
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! Great work :3
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Katira Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
A remarkably fine hare indeed. A cousin of Durer's hare, it would appear. ;-)

I love how serious those people look.
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haius Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist
The thing that stands out here for me is the woman in black. Her face and dress are lovely.
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Good work.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the strong diagonal composition and movement of the image.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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