sleeping beauty~ janet and anne grahame johnstone

I have Dean’s A Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. Unlike their fellow British children’s illustrators they’re not well known here in the U.S. which is a shame considering the high quality of their work. They generally worked on small to medium sized artist board in watercolor and gouache. Right click to enlarge.

Sleeping Beauty, or La Belle au bois dormant, always seems best served by a high medieval setting. And whenever the tudoresque prince comes, in his slashed doublet and round toed shoes, he makes the best example of 100 years gone by just  with his fashion. 
the lovely but doomed princess.
the beautiful kind-hearted fairy.
lords and ladies in their particolored hose, gowns, and  hennins. 
keep an eye on everyone here~
the prince in his radically different and decidedly un-medieval fashion.
note the page boy running after the cat with the fish in it’s mouth. Janet and Anne set up this little bit of storytelling father up, when they all fall into the hundred year sleep. i love little details like this!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello, For years I have been looking for this book and just came across it for the first time since the early 80's. I am from Columbus, Ohio and the book was sold at a department store called Gold Circle which is now defunct. I would love to have this book in my posession again. You are lucky to own it. Ours was either thrown away because of the wear and tear, or stolen from an evil person who was around us. I enjoy these photos. It gives me hope that I can one day own it again.

  2. unfortunately their books are hard to come by here in the US. I found mine in a used book store in San Diego years ago. Good luck with your search. From time to time i'll be posting other examples of their work :)at the end of this post: is an image of one of their paintings from "Lancelot" book which unfortunately i don't own 😦

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Betty. Wow, what a great photo! The Grahame sisters had such a beautiful talent. I have Dean's A Book of Fairy Tales on the way that I ordered from eBay. This one is coming from New Jersey. I'm so excited! I did much research on sellers, and it is in great condition. It was around $50.00 and well worth it. Yvette

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