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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wonderful Weddings

Jesus Blasco - The Golden Box

I thought the royal wedding last Friday was beautiful.  I loved the service at the Abbey which captured all the quintessential elements of every fairytale.  It made me realise what a timeless ceremony we were watching and how infinitely recognisable the traditions embodied in it are.

The illustrations I've posted this week are all royal weddings in fairytales - some familiar classics, some relatively unknown .  They were published between 1969 and 1971 in various issues of the children's magazine Once Upon a Time.

Ron Embleton - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Gerry Embleton - The Princess and the Pantry Boy

Artist Unknown - The Magic Emerald
Jesus Blasco - The Enchanted Lion

Artist Unknown - Prince Simon's Long Nose

Jose Ortiz - The Very Brave Princess

Jose Ortiz - The Magic Whistle

Artist Unknown - The Minstrel Prince

Jesus Blasco - The Brave Young Shepard

Gerry Embleton - The Princess and the Dwarf

This painting from Beauty and the Beast by Ron Embleton always reminds me of one of the 'Where's Wally?' illustrations. With the focus of attention centering on the comic activity in the foreground the bridal couple are almost incidental as the prince raises his goblet to toast his new wife. 
Ron Embleton - Beauty and the Beast

Jose Ortiz - The Prince and the White Cat

Gerry Embleton - The Little Singing Frog

Iveagh Gardens - Dublin

Iveagh Gardens is my favourite park in the whole of Dublin.  Here are some photos showing it in all its early summer glory.

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