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The Disturbing Origins of 10 Famous Fairy Tales

Monsters (Gallery)/Page 14

Black Cat. From "Grimm’s Fairy Tales," illustrated by Arthur Rackham, London: William Heineman, Ltd., 1909.

Illustration by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) who is widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration which encompassed the years from 1900 until the start of the First World War.

Arthur Rackham - this fairytale was a rather horrid one - a true old-fashioned, that is :-D - the princess was put in a tower with her maid, no doors or windows, and they started digging their way out with a table knife. When they finally got out, they saw that a war had ravished the country and everything has changed, no-one remembered even the girls...

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