24th of December: Building A Snowman

Our final print of our advent calendar is taken from The Snowman which was written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs. Nothing says Christmas quite like the beginning of this book in which a child can create something magical out of quite ordinary things (some might say that the end is also a good parallel for most…

22nd of December: The Happy Prince

This print is the cover of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde which was illustrated by Lars Bo and published in 1983 ‘In the square below,’ said the Happy Prince, ‘there stands a little match-girl. She has let her matches fall in the gutter, and they are all spoiled. Her father will beat her if…

21st of December: The Swineherd

This print is taken from The Joyce Mercer Edition of Andersen and Grimm which was published in the 1930s. This picture is from The Swineherd and depicts a prince disguised as swineherd who is wooing the local noblewomen with a musical instrument (possibly a rattle) that he has made. Joyce Mercer brings a gorgeous Art Deco aesthetic…

19th of December: Owl

This print is taken from 365 Bedtime Stories by Mary Graham Bonner which was illustrated by Florence Choate and Elizabeth Curtis and published in 1924. Mr Owl began to write with his pen, made out of one of Mr. Turkey Gobbler’s best feathers, on a large, flat stone, which he put in the hollow of his…

18th of December: The Emperor’s New Clothes

This print is from Stories from Hans Andersen which is illustrated by Edmund Dulac. It was published in 1938. This picture is from The Emperor’s New Clothes. Then the emperor walked along in the procession under the gorgeous canopy and everybody in the streets and at the windows exclaimed ‘How beautiful the Emperor’s new clothes…