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Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)
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Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

The Little Mermaid (At the mere sight of the bright liquid they drew back in terror)

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Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)
The Little Mermaid (At the mere sight of the bright liquid they drew back in terror)
signed and dated 'Edmund/Dulac/11' (lower right) and with inscription 'At the mere sight of the bright liquid/...they drew back in terror The Mermaid' (on reverse of the backboard)
pencil, pen and black ink and watercolour with scratching out on paper
12¼ x 9 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.2 cm.)
Provenance
London, Leicester Galleries, where purchased by Richard Dickins.
with J.S. Maas, London, where purchased by the present owner.
Literature
A. Connolly Hughes, Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations, Maryland, 1995, no. 27.
Exhibited
Springfield, 1988, no. 17.
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Lot Essay

The present watercolour illustrates an episode from 'The Mermaid', from the Stories of Hans Andersen, published in October 1911 for which Dulac executed 28 colour ilustrations. The book included 'The Snow Queen', 'The Garden of Paradise', 'The Mermaid', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Wind's Tale'. The present watercolour was illustrated on p. 183.

The publication of this book by Hodder and Stoughton was a great success, the deluxe edition of 750 copies sold out in weeks and very few of the special edition of 100 copies remained by December 1911. The book was advertised by promoting Dulac's watercolours as 'from end to end a delight' and 'a great illustrator's greatest success'. Other watercolours from this publication have held auction records for Dulac, 'The fairy dropped her shimmering garment', from The Garden of Paradise sold Sotheby's, London, 17 December 2009, lot 147, £39,650, and 'The Snow Queen spreading ice and snow about the town', was sold as part of the Collection of Jacqueline Onassis, Christie's, New York, 15 February 1985, lot 374, $74,700.

For another work by Dulac see lot 53.

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