Monday, April 13, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Honor C. Appleton

Honor Charlotte Appleton was born on the 4th of February, 1879 in Brighton, England. She studied art at the Royal Academy and went on to illustrate more than 100 books, including editions of Charles Perrault’s and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. She died in 1951.

…And that’s about all the information I could find online—Honor Appleton doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. I discovered one of her illustrations (the first one below) in Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the same book that introduced me to Kay Nielsen. Her paintings have a very delicate style, and to be honest, sometimes it’s a little too sweet for my taste. Still, her Snow Queen will always be my favorite. 

The Snow Queen
Appleton's Princess and the Pea 2
The Princess and the Pea
Illustrations de Honor Charlotte Appleton
Little Red Riding Hood
Honor C. Appleton's Little Mermaid 1
The Little Mermaid

P.S. Gobs and gobs of thanks to everyone who commented on my last post—your tips and encouragement were exactly what I needed.


  1. But that is too gorgeous! I really appreciate how you're spotlighting lesser known artists here too, because someone who illustrated Hans Christian Anderson fairytales deserves lots of love. The Little Mermaid one is so dreamy :D

    1. Isn't it? I love how bright and "transparent" it looks--perfect for the daughters of the air.

  2. It's kind of nice to think that there is art and people and beautiful things in the world that google doesn't have the answers about. That the people who appreciate their art go and look for it them selves or stumble across it in real life. I like that :) Thank you x

    1. You're welcome! I'm hoping to find more books illustrated by Honor C. Appleton; I might be able to find a little more information there than what's available online.