The Enchantress’s Garden From “The Snow Queen”: Permanent Paradise or Enchanted Distraction?

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a winter scene looking across a frosty heathHaving just sampled the field of memorable and inspired renditions, I simply couldn’t let January pass by without sharing another example from the Golden Age of children’s book illustration, populated by figures such as Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, George Cruikshank and John Tenniel, or the unforgettable Kay Nielsen . . . who happens to share the name of what main character?

You surely know the answer to that by now!

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Crocuses, Clivias, and the Forgotten Legacy of Johanna Daemen

A book on house plants, published in 1929, has a large, stylized Clivia on the cover.
A book on house plants, published in 1929, has a large, stylized Clivia on the cover designed by Johanna Daemen.

Few Americans have heard of the Dutch graphic designer, illustrator, artist, lyricist, and writer Johanna Maria Hendrika Daemen (1891-1944), and it’s a pity. She began her varied career as a teenager, and since it’s Women’s History Month you’ll be pleased to discover much of it would involve publications aimed at women in the marketplace. Read more