(11/23/02 2:14:46 am)
| "Changeling" art|
Can anyone here recommend a good painting of a changeling / stolen child /wild child to illustrate a n article on this subject? Something in the public domain is preferable: Rackham, Dulac, etc.
(11/23/02 9:20:45 am)
| George McDonald's "At the Back of the North Wind ...&qu|
The first pictures to pop into my mind are Arthur Hughes illustrations of the North Wind bearing Diamond away. It's not a traditional "changeling" story, but the imagery of the illustrations is perfect. Hope this helps!
(11/23/02 5:54:52 pm)
| And if you can't find that...|
The Arthur Rackham illustrations of "Peter Pan in Kensington" sound like they might fit the bill.
(11/23/02 10:27:11 pm)
| child in the nest|
There is in Grimms I believe, by Zipes, an illustration of a child being borne away in an eagle's nest. I do not know the name of the Grimm story. In our family it is called the Eagle Child or the Owl Child or the Stork child. It is about an old couple who cannot have children, but one comes to them late in life at last.
hope this helps a little bit
mmmmmm wait, you said painting, I see now. This illustration I am thinking of is a pen and ink drawing. But a lovely one!
(11/24/02 1:36:10 pm)
| Re: "Changeling" art|
The paintings of Puck from Rackham's "Midsummer Night's Dream" are also very 'wild child' looking.
(11/24/02 1:57:39 pm)
| Changling art...|
There are several Rackham pictures from PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDEN that do indeed fit the bill. Peter in this version is of course a very young child not the adolecent imp of the later tales. Would be glad to scan them in for you. Let me know...
Also there is Joseph Noel Patton's amazing canvas, THE FAIRY RAID, CARRYING OFF THE CHANGELING, MIDSUMMER EVE. It took Patton six years of labor to produce this huge painting with dauntingly complex imagery. It would be perfect for your article. Unfortunately the reproductions that I have are either too dark, slightly out of focus or one glorious double page spread that has a gigantic seam straight down the middle. Maybe there are other souces for the image? I hope so!
I don't know if you've ever read Charles Higham's THE MIDNIGHT TREE (Pocket, 1979), a rather horrific contemporary fairy tale, but it is splendid. The story concerns a young married woman who with her family moves back to Ireland and discovers that she is a fairy changeling come home. The book is filled with powerful imagery. The climatic scene, set in a counrty church, where the mother brings to life all the wood in the chapel is compelling and horrifying. The altar, the pews, the carved statues of saints all revert to living, rapidly growing trees, limbs and vines, first entangling then killing the congregation that had come there to worship.
That's all for now...