‘Tsarevna Loveliness Inexhaustible.’ 1901. Wood engraving, cut by Charles March Gere (1869-1957). 3¾ x 5½ inches; facing 103. A Pre-Raphaelite idyll which combines psychological drama with intricate ornamentation. The outlined swans on the bed and the floral decorations on the drapes recall Rossetti’s neo-medieval illustrations in the ‘Moxon Tennyson’ (1857). Sleigh infuses a strong sense of urgency as the prince learns forward to kiss the beloved. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Photograph and text by Simon Cooke. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.


Nisbet Bain, R. Russian Fairy Tales. London: Bullen, 1901.

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