Falcon the Hunter
Illustrated by Frank C Papé
This particular illustration depicts a meeting between the legendary medieval Russian bogatyr
(Knight-errant), Dobrynya Nikitich, and Falcon the Hunter - as described in the following text
from the tale of ''Falcon the Hunter" within the 1916 Edition of The Russian Story Book:
Then Nikitich sprang to his nimble feet, saddled and mounted his good
steed, and rode forth to the place where a great river met the dark-grey
sea. As he looked along the straight road he saw a rider before him who
sat upon his horse with the assurance of youth and victory. His black
steed was full of mettle and fresh from the untamed steppe. At each
leap he covered a furlong, and the marks which the hoofs of his horse
made upon the bosom of moist Mother Earth were as large as a ram or
a full-grown sheep. Flames flashed from the mouth of the steed, lighting
up the heavy clouds which hung over the dark-grey sea, sparks of blue
fire showered from his nostrils, and from his erected ears smoke curled
in tiny wreaths which quivered and then vanished in mid-air. The helmet
on the head of the hero glowed like fire, and blue rays of light darted
from ornaments on his doublet, from his pointed spurs and his stirrups
of bright steel. At his left stirrup ran a swift greyhound, and a fire-eating
dragon was chained to the right which sang and whistled with a strange
music as the horse and its rider passed on towards the dark-grey sea.
From shoulder to shoulder hopped the clear-eyed bird from which
Falcon the Hunter took his name, and as it passed it plucked at the long
yellow locks of the rider, which streamed upon his shoulders like
tongues of living flame.
The knight sat easily upon the back of his strange steed, and as he rode
he amused himself by hurling his bright steel mace towards the lowering
clouds which hung threatening over the dark-grey sea. It flashed across
the cloudy barrier, making a bright reflection in the heavy water, and
then returned obedient to the hand of Falcon the Hunter without
touching either sea or land in its flight. As he played, Falcon the Hunter
spoke to his wonderful mace: "Lightly as I now whirl this mace aloft,
even so lightly will I twirl Ilya of Murom the Old Cossack."
The illustrations by Papé for The Russian Story Book (1916) are particularly interesting having set the scenes within the
Viking heritage of early Russia.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: FCP FH SGC
Detail (for reference)
Fine Art Poster (11x18'')
Code: FCP FH 11x18
Fine Art Poster (22x36'')
Code: FCP FH
Our Greeting Cards
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Frank C Papé and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
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enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Frank C Papé and
this wonderful illustration.
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