Thomas Vilhelm Pedersen (1820-1859) was first and still considered as ‘official’ illustrator of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. These illustrations are all in Public Domain.
They were made for five volumes of Andersen’s Fairy Tales when Hans Christian was already a popular writer. Vilhelm Pedersen was naval officer by profession and he was hired to make drawings for 80 of Andersen’s tales. They are all black and white and they were cut into wood before printed and published in Leipzig by Carl B. Lorck. Illustrated Andersen’s Fairy Tales were published in Denmark only after being published in Germany.
Pedersen is known by his soft line drawings, just perfect for the Andersen’s storytelling style, but unfortunately many details from drawings were lost due the limitations of printing (every drawing had to be engraved in wood, remember?) process.
Welcome to the gallery of Vilhelm Pedersen’s images:
I hope you enjoyed in this masterpiece. Who knows what would Vilhelm Pedersen create if he didn’t die only a month and few days after his 39 th birthday?