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Pictures and Paintings of Fairies, 'From A Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'The Tempest,' and Other Stories

Amanda is a keen artist and art historian with a particular interest in 19th-century art, especially the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Below are pictures and paintings from various works of literature.

Below are pictures and paintings from various works of literature.

Faries in Literature

Ever since I was a little girl, I've had a fascination with fairies. There are so many stories about them in so many cultures and traditions that I can't help but wonder whether there is some basis in truth for their existence. Wouldn't it be wonderful if these fragile, beautiful creatures really did exist in hidden glades and dells, casting their enchantments, and living out their lives untroubled by the busy world of man?

I don't suppose that I will ever have the privilege of meeting one of these fantastical, winged beings in real life, so I must make do with those I can find in books and art galleries. I'm not alone in my fascination. Shakespeare also liked to talk about fairies, as evidenced by Titania and Oberon, the fairy king and queen in Midsummer Night's Dream, and Ariel, the mischievous sprite in The Tempest. J.M. Barrie's creation 'Tinkerbell' in Peter Pan is equally memorable, and our traditional stories are littered with fairy creatures such as Cinderella's fairy godmother, and of course, the tooth fairy who exchanges children's lost milk teeth for coins!

I've collected a few of the many fairy illustrations and paintings together here in this article and included some details about the artists and their work. I hope they cast their spell on you, too.

'Take the Fair Face of a Woman...'

'Take the Fair Face of a Woman...'

'Take the fair face of a woman, and gently suspending, with butterflies, flowers and jewels attending, your fairy is made of most beautiful things.'

These words, taken from a poem by Charles Ede, acted as the inspiration for the painting above. Sophie Gengembre Anderson, the daughter of Charles Gengembre, a Parisian architect and his English wife, was born in France in 1823. Largely self-taught, Sophie studied briefly under Charles de Steuben in Paris, before the family left for the USA in 1848. They lived initially in Cincinnati, Ohio, then later in Manchester, Pennsylvania where Sophie met and married the English Artist, Walter Anderson.

In 1854 the Andersons moved to London, England where Sophie continued to produce fine figurative paintings in a highly detailed, naturalistic, pre-Raphaelite style. The couple finally settled in Falmouth, Cornwall, where Sophie lived until her death in 1903. She frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, and this painting is a good example of her work and her love of intricate detail. The flowing locks of this golden-haired beauty are particularly fine, as are the tiny butterflies that form her crown.

Study for 'The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania' by Sir Joseph Noel Paton

Study for 'The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania' by Sir Joseph Noel Paton

The Weaver Turned Artist

Born to a family of damask weavers in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland in 1821, Sir Joseph Noel Paton showed early artistic promise, and after a brief period in the family business, he decided to head for London to study art in the Royal Academy schools. He went onto become a highly successful figurative artist, and won prizes for some of his paintings, including this one.

Titania and Oberon are the king and queen of the fairies in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. These fairy royals are the size of adult humans, although the throng of magical creatures around them vary greatly from human-child-sized through to tiny translucent creatures. Titania herself has a halo of light about her, whilst Oberon is more substantial and solidly painted.

The Reconciliation of Titania and Oberon by Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1847

The Reconciliation of Titania and Oberon by Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1847

Fairies Reunited!

This painting picks up the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream a little further on from the one above. It can be found in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Titania and Bottom by Sir Edwin Landseer

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Titania and Bottom by Sir Edwin Landseer

A Favourite of Queen Victoria

Sir Edwin Landseer was an extremely popular Victorian artist and sculptor, perhaps best known for sculpting the lions that lie at the foot of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. Animals were his speciality, and he was widely regarded as one of the foremost animal painters of his time. Queen Victoria herself, commissioned several portraits of her family from the artist, usually with the royal pets included in the paintings.

In his late 30s Landseer began to suffer from depression and mental instability, and this was to trouble him throughout his remaining years, often aggravated by alcohol and drug use. Towards the end of his life Landseer's mental stability became increasingly variable, and at the request of his family he was declared insane in July 1872. Despite these problems, however, he remained a popular figure, and his death on 1 October 1873 was widely marked in England: his bronze lions at the base of Nelson's Column were garlanded with wreaths, and people thronged the streets of London to watch his funeral procession make it's slow journey to St Paul's Cathedral where he was interred with great ceremony.

Landseer's painting of Titania and Bottom is an unusual choice of subject for him, although it is well-painted and atmospheric. The subject is taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and shows the fairy queen making affectionate advances to Bottom, who has been enchanted by Oberon, and is wearing an ass's head. Whilst Titania has been painted in human form, Oberon, depicted nude, and with his back to us, is a smaller, more traditionally-sized fairy figure, and his attendants are riding beautifully executed rabbits.

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake, c. 1786

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake, c. 1786

William Blake: An Original Mind

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827), author of the rousing hymn, 'Jerusalem' which is always sung with such gusto at 'Last Night at the Proms', was a poet, artist and print-maker. A highly individual character, he was regarded as eccentric by his contemporaries, and did not really receive the attention he deserved during his life-time. His work has philosophical and mystical undercurrents, and one of his most famous paintings is of God dividing the heavens.

The painting shown above illustrates a scene from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and Blake's fairies have a very human appearance, despite the flowery garlands in their hair, and their wispy, flowing garments.

Ariel (from The Tempest) by C.W. Sharpe 1873

Ariel (from The Tempest) by C.W. Sharpe 1873

A Talented Engraver

C.W. Sharpe was a talented engraver, and produced a great deal of line illustration in his own right, although the picture of Ariel, above, is the result of a collaborative effort.

I like the atmospheric effect produced in this black-and-white engraving. Ariel looks poised, ready for mischief.

Fairy Rings and Toadstools by Richard Doyle, 1875

Fairy Rings and Toadstools by Richard Doyle, 1875

The Punch Cartoonist Who Turned His Hand to Fairies

Richard 'Dickie' Doyle, (1824 – 1883) was a well-known Victorian illustrator, and the son of noted political caricaturist, John Doyle. Young Dickie and his brothers, James and Charles, learned their trade in their father's studio, and all three attained some success as artists. From an early age Dickie displayed a talent for depicting fantasy scenes, and throughout his life he was fascinated by fairy tales. He worked for Punch magazine for seven years from 1843, but eventually left there to concentrate on book illustration and painting.

The fairies in this painting are very tiny, misty creatures. They seem to be having a great time, leap-frogging toadstools, dancing in circles, and teasing the local wildlife. The picture is very delicately painted with beautifully rendered ferns and leaves forming the background.

The Uninvited Guest by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, 1906

The Uninvited Guest by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, 1906

The Last of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1871-1945) is regarded as being the last of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. Her fantastic attention to detail, her use of jewel-bright colours, and her love of fairy tales and legends, all serve as clues as to her principle artistic influences. The twentieth century gave birth to a more relaxed and painterly approach to art, yet Eleanor Brickdale stayed true to her roots, and she continued to produce her highly detailed works of art, very much in the tradition of Millais, Ford Madox Brown and William Holman Hunt.

Born into a moderately wealthy family, she was educated at the Crystal Palace School of Art and at the Royal Academy school, where she met and formed a lasting friendship with Byam Shaw - a prominent artist. She went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy exhibitions, but because of her slow and painstaking approach, she produced a smaller body of work than many other artists.

The painting shown here, The Uninvited Guest, appears to illustrate a story or a poem. The winged creature in the foreground has a quiver full of arrows, and one has been selected. Who is it intended for? We can only guess.


Lily Fairy by Luis Ricardo Falero, 1888

Lily Fairy by Luis Ricardo Falero, 1888

Luis Ricardo Falero

I haven't been able to find out too much about this Spanish artist who died at the early age of 45 in 1896. There are quite a number of paintings by him posted on the Internet, and this Lily Fairy with her butterfly style wings, is a good example. Falero produced a number of fairy paintings, and his fairies tend to be quite womanly in form rather than the fey, child-like creatures often depicted by other fairy artists.

The Captive Robin by John Anster Fitzgerald, c. 1864

The Captive Robin by John Anster Fitzgerald, c. 1864

Fairy Fitzgerald and the Opium Dens

John Anster Fitzgerald was one of many artists specialising in fairy painting during the Victorian era, and because this was his favoured subject matter, he acquired the nickname 'Fairy Fitzgerald'. He was an Irish man by birth, son of a poet, and his paintings show a high degree of imagination. Some of his more fantastical works contain ghoulish and demonic images, as well as references to the Victorian drug scene, which apparently held some fascination for him.

The Captive Robin is one of a series of paintings on the theme of 'Who Killed Cock Robin?'. The fairies are enjoying their victory over the bird, and they have bound him with ropes of flowers. These are mischievous fairies, very much in the Irish tradition.

The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke by Richard Dadd

The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke by Richard Dadd

Richard Dadd, Slightly Mad?

Richard Dadd (1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886) was an English painter of fairies and other supernatural subjects, Most of the works for which he is best known were created whilst he was a patient in a hospital for the mentally ill, where he was incarcerated after murdering his father.

Dadd was born in Chatham, Kent,and was the son of a chemist. He showed a talent for drawing from an early age, and attended the Royal Academy Schools from the age of 20. His skills as a draftsman subsequently led Sir Thomas Phillips, to request his presence on an expedition through Europe to Greece, Turkey, Palestine and Egypt in 1842. Toward the end of December that year, whilst travelling by boat up the Nile, Dadd became delusional and his behaviour was violently erratic. He declared himself to be under the influence of Osiris, an Egyptian god, and his behaviour caused serious concern amongst his fellow travellers.

On his return to England in early 1843, doctors diagnosed him to be of unsound mind and his family arranged for him to recuperate quietly in the countryside near Cobham, in Kent. Sadly, In August of that year, Dadd became convinced that his father was the Devil, and stabbed him to death, before fleeing for France. During his journey, Dadd attempted to murder a tourist, and at this point he was captured and returned home, where he admitted killing his father, and he was pronounced criminally insane.

From this point onward, Richard Dadd remained in psychiatric care, initially in Bethlem Hospital, then later in the newly built Broadmoor. The hospital doctors encouraged him to continue with his art, and some of his best-known work was completed in this period.

The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke by Richard Dadd, oil on canvas, was painted between 1855-64. It now hangs in the Tate Gallery, London. The attention to detail is breath-taking, and the little figures are extremely realistically rendered.

Puck and The Fairies by Richard Dadd, 1873

Puck and The Fairies by Richard Dadd, 1873

Moonlit Dance

Like the preceding painting, this image is also by Richard Dadd, and the black-and-white treatment gives the picture a wonderfully atmospheric feel.

Contradiction: Oberon and Titania by Richard Dadd (1854-58) Scene from Midsummer NIght's Dream, courtesy of via Wiki Commons

Contradiction: Oberon and Titania by Richard Dadd (1854-58) Scene from Midsummer NIght's Dream, courtesy of via Wiki Commons

Contradiction: Oberon and Titania by Richard Dadd

This painting illustrates Act II, Scene I of Midsummer Night's Dream. Oberon and Titania are arguing over an Indian boy against a densely packed, exquisitely detailed background of flowers and foilage and minuscule dancing fairies. The details fully reflect the four years Dadd spent obsessively working on this painting, which was completed during his time in Bethlem Hospital. The picture was not put on public display until 1930, but this, together with The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke, confirmed Richard Dadd's position as a master painter of the Victorian fairy genre.

Fairies Return Manohar, by an unknown artist

Fairies Return Manohar, by an unknown artist

A Traditional Indian Tale

This painting by an unknown Indian artist, gives us a new twist on the subject of fairies in art. These fairies have stylised triangular wings, and dark, braided hair. They are like temple dancers, beautiful and purposeful. Now hanging in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the picture was used to illustrate the cover the Oxford World Classic's edition of Manjhan Madhumati, an Indian Sufi romance.

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visionandfocus from North York, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Here's the link to my hub as you requested:

Thank you!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on January 11, 2013:

Thank you for visiting, Visionandfocus, and thank you for linking this hub to yours. If you post the link here in the comments, I will return the compliment!

visionandfocus from North York, Canada on January 08, 2013:

What a beautiful hub and such wonderfully compiled paintings--I am completely enchanted! As a Shakespeare fan since childhood, I've managed to make my husband a fan too by exposing him guessed it...Midsummer Night's Dream. It is one of the Bard's most accessible and entertaining plays.

I had not known there were so many depictions of fairies in art and so many talented artists who specialized in painting fairies--thank you for putting all this wonderful info together.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome, and linking to my humble hub on creating a fairy garden. Thank you so much for sharing!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on February 28, 2011:

Hi Trish, I love fairy pictures too, and it's surprising how many there are around. I'm glad the hub made you smile :)

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 26, 2011:

I only just found this ~ and I am so glad that I did.

I love fairies ~ and these pictures are beautiful.

This hub just made me smile ~ and keep smiling :) :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 07, 2010:

Hi oliversmum, thank you for your lovely comments. These fairy paintings are very special, and I really enjoyed putting the hub together. And I agree with you, it would be great to be able to own one!

oliversmum from australia on December 07, 2010:

Amanda Severn. Hi. I do love reading all your hubs about Painting and the Artists.

This one is fabulous. So much information on each and every one.

I particularly like Richard Dadd and Richard Doyle.

All the Paintings are absolutely beautiful.

I would give almost anything to own one.

Congratulations on your one hundred thousand view Medal.

Thank you so much for sharing with us. It was so enjoyable to read. :) :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on August 27, 2010:

Thanks epigramman, 'twas ever my pleasure!

epigramman on August 27, 2010:

bring on the fairies I say - this is a feast for the eyes - and your hub is a wonder of all we cherish in great art - so it's bravo to you and your labor of love - I think I might make this hub - definite wallpaper for the mind, spirit and imagination! Bravo to you and I will be back!

bonetta hartig from outback queensland on February 16, 2010:

HiI blieve in fairies and I really enjoyed this hub will show it to my granddaughter as she is on talking terms with the fairies in my garden - we call them the Bushkin and my granddaughtr said I welcomed them into my garden when I created them in my sketches and stories. Thank you for a great read.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on September 02, 2009:

More alluring than cheeky?

Bostonian Banter on September 02, 2009:

Hmm ;-)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on September 02, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by Bostonian Banter. Ariel does have a cheeky look about him, doesn't he?

Bostonian Banter on September 01, 2009:

What a fun trip. Ariel is the most alluring of all the faries. Tinkerbell is second. Thanks!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on July 07, 2009:

Hi 2patricias, I'm glad you enjoyed these. They took some finding, and I missed out a couple of my favourite fairy artists because I couldn't find images freely available on the net. I'll keep adding them as and when I come across them though. Richard Dadd is always the one that most intrigues me, perhaps because of his tragic story. Some of his other paintings are deeply disturbing, and you can sense the troubled mind behind them.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on July 06, 2009:

What a fantastic Hub! You have included a few artists that I have never heard of, so I certainly have learned something. On my next visit to an art gallery I shall look out for faerie paintings. I always feel I get more out of visits when looking for something in particular.

Thanks you for putting so much research into this hub.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 14, 2009:

Hi BP, it's good to see you here, and glad you enjoyed the hub. The wee folk are a treat, aren't they?

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 14, 2009:

Hi adamroll,

Thank you for the compliment, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes William Blake was indeed the famous poet as well as artist. He was quite a character by all accounts, and a true original thinker. He was not too well appreciated by his contemporaries, perhaps because of his many eccentricities. Fortunately for us, time has been kind to him, and there's plenty of his work still in print for us to admire.

blondepoet from australia on June 14, 2009:

This was just fabulous. I have an obsession with fairies too. My store is covered in fairies in my ads, I can't get enough of them. A huge thumbs up

adamroll13 from CAMDEN-WYOMING, DE on June 14, 2009:

What can I say but WOW! What a major tour de force this hub was. I'm going to recommend to all of my friends that they tune in for your pages. William Blake was also the famous poet am I right? Or are there two William Blake's who went unnapreciated in the Romantic movement?

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 11, 2009:

Hi RNSM, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think the fairies are awesome too, and I will add more as and when I come across them.

Hi James,

'The Captive Robin' is my favourite because there's something really quirky about it. The expressions on some of the fairies' faces are just brilliant. Ariel also has a cheeky face of course, but her look is more watchful, as though she's only pretending to relax in her flowery hammock, and is actually looking out for an opportunity to wreak havoc!

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 10, 2009:

What a trip! 

I never knew Blake was a painter. 

I love all of the art you have included.  "The Captive Robin" is gorgeous, and quite colorful, obviously.  My favorite is "Ariel" by Sharpe.  I'm not sure why.  But I wanted to go where she is.  Thanks!  This was interesting and fun.

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on June 10, 2009:

hey Amanda!! this is an awesome hub!! thank you!!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 10, 2009:

Thanks Shalini. I just wondered if the story was a well-known one like Cinderella is here. It's a great picture though. Those fairies look like they mean business!

Shalini Kagal from India on June 10, 2009:

Hi Amanda - I'm not sure - it's been done as an illustration for the book cover - looks a bit like the miniature paintings I have if that's helpful :) Who will know is Kenny!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 10, 2009:

Hi Cris,

Yes, Shakespeare certainly weaved his magic in Midsummer Night's Dream, and it has inspired many an artist. William Blake's was the earliest illustration that I came across, but I suspect that there are probably many more, and I will add others as I come across them. My personal favourite is 'The Captive Robin', and I suspect that the guy who painted that really was away with the fairies!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 10, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by Shalini. You conjure up a wonderful image with your description of a raindrop clinging to the edge of a leaf.

Shalini, do you know anything about the last picture I posted? I tried to research it, but couldn't find any helpful reference. I imagine that it illustrates a traditional Indian tale, and I'd be glad to add more detail if you know of any?

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 10, 2009:

Hi Chris, thanks for the links. I had never seen that particular poem before. Blake had such an original mind, and he was so far ahead of his time in many respects. I wonder if he really did see fairies? I 've not come across the Dictionary of Fairies either, but it sounds like an excellent book judging by your reccommendation, and also the review posted on Amazon.

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on June 10, 2009:

Wow Amanda this is a great hub. A Midsummer Night's Dream is really a rich ground for fantasy painting or fantasy-themed art, what with the magical spell that permeated all throughout the play. As usual, loved the art you presented. Thanks for sharing :D

Christopher James Stone from Whitstable, UK on June 09, 2009:

The Blake quote I was looking for is from Europe: a Prophesy. You can find it here:

A Dictionary of Fairies is by Katharine Briggs, and it seems to be collectable these days. You can find it here: It's a wonderful book.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 09, 2009:

Pam, I think the fact that stories about winged beings appear in the traditions of so many cultures really speaks for itself. Maybe these creatures are alien visitors, or maybe, just maybe, we do have a whole other world of sentient beings living a parallel existence right under our very noses! I'm keeping an open mind, but meanwhile, I agree with you, the Pre-Raphaelite artists are wonderful, and I'm in awe of their painstaking attention to detail. Their brushes must have been tiny.

Shalini Kagal from India on June 09, 2009:

Loved all the art you've picked Amanda - you do it so well! From someone who has never grown out of fairies - I still look at a drop of rain clinging to the edge of a leaf to see if theylive inside that drop of magic - every picture brought my imagination to life - thank you!

Christopher James Stone from Whitstable, UK on June 08, 2009:

Nice to see the Fairy Feller's Master Stroke in here. What a strange, enchanting picture that is. Also I'm a great fan of William Blake, who also claimed to see fairies. I was trying to find a quote from one of his books where he sees a fairy on a flower and then knocks it into his cap... but I couldn't find it. Might have another look later. There's a great book called A Dictionary of Fairies - can't remember the author now - which fits pgrundy's description. I'll look that up later too. And fairies weren't always small, of course. At one time that were human sized. Arthur's half-sister Morgan le Fey is of fairy stock. Great hub!

pgrundy on June 08, 2009:

Beautful! I love PreRaphaelite art. This was lovely, thank you, thank you! As to fairies, it's odd, but some see an overlap with modern day alien abduction lore. Fairy folk were said to abduct beautiful, strange young people, and some of the accounts of this are very similar to the alien abduction stories of today. I personally think that aliens, fairies, whatever--that it's something right here, right on earth, and not entirely imaginary. It would be fun to write a book on it and include lots of wonderful illustrations. :)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Iphi, one of the kids I went to school with stole her Grandma's false teeth and put those under her pillow, but the fairies wouldn't take them. Seems they only like the genuine article!

Iphigenia on June 08, 2009:

They're real - they bought my teeth when I was little. I know that fact by itself isn't really proof that fairies exist - but, get this, they then bought my daughter's milk teeth when she was little. Now that convinced me.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Elementals. I've not heard them called that before, although it's an appropriate name. I'm certainly a fan of all those mystical, magical films, Willow, the Princess Bride, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, you name it. I have a friend who is convinced that he actually saw fairies when he was a child living in Kuwait, and I also have Irish friends who are convinced that the wee folk are real. Just because we haven't seen them doesn't mean they're not real!

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on June 08, 2009:

Amanda, great hub as usual. I wonder how many copies of the movie Fairy Tale you own? I love fairy tales and the fact that through the centuries they were women's teaching stories. As for fairies, my daughter is fascinated by them. Elementals, I believe they are also called?

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Nazishnazim, that is such a sad story. How deceitful was that girl! There must be something about fibbing and fairies, cos, when I was little, my big sister told me at the dinner table that chicken was really dead fairy, and I didn't eat it again for years! (I should have known better, she had her fork poised over my plate at the time!)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Hi Josef and RGraf, I'm glad you enjoyed the fairy paintings, and thanks for stopping by.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Elena, Falero is such a fabulous artist, that I was amazed by the lack of information available about him. You might be able to find out more, as you can google from Spain, and access Spanish language sites.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 08, 2009:

Brian, I saw Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air theatre in Regent's Park last summer. I took the children, and they both loved it despite my son's initial reservations. It's one of Shakespeare's more light-hearted works, which is why I think children quite like it.

nazishnasim on June 08, 2009:

Alright I have a confession to make. Promise you wont laugh ? Yes, I see you nodding there...

Ahem ahem... when I was small I let a girl bribe me off my art book just coz she told me that she had fairies at her place and she would let me have one. The art teacher was very strict, and we use to shiver by the very sound of her name ... but my friend convinced me of the fact that she owned fairies! :(. The gullible child that I was gave my completed art book to her on the day of our final examination ... don't ask me the grade for that paper ... but no fairies in the end for me! :( ...

Jeez, this still brings tears to my eyes! :'(.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on June 08, 2009:

These are just absolutely beautiful paintings. Thank for you for the great collection and information. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

JosefS from Lisa Wellington from Canada on June 08, 2009:

Wow, this is a great lens for my daughter who loves the topic. Thanks for creating such a good resource on Fairy Illustrations and Fairies in Art...

Elena. from Madrid on June 08, 2009:

Ohhhh, this was great, I'm awestruck by so many fairies!

Now, what does it say about me that this is the first time I hear about Falero?  I'm pacified by your mentioning you didn't find much about him in the net, but still.  His fairy is actually quite womanly :-)

Brian Stephens from Laroque des Alberes, France on June 08, 2009:

I studied Shakespeare when I was in secondary school and have never forgotten a Mid Summers Night's Dream. Our school actually put it on as a production. It was actually very entertaining probably why I have never forgotten it.

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