''Prince Ivan and the Chestnut Horse''
Illustration by Edmund Dulac
The subject of this illustration is derived from a Russian fairytale that Dulac first addressed earlier in his career for the suite
appearing in Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book (1916). In particular, it shows Ivan's response to the following proclamation
delivered by the King's messenger:
All and every man, woman and child, take notice, in the name of the King. It is the
King's will that this proclamation be cried abroad in every town and village where his
subjects dwell. The King's daughter, Princess Helena the Fair, has caused to be built
for herself a shrine having twelve pillars and twelve rows of beams. And she sits there
upon a high throne till the time when the bridegroom of her choice rides by. And this
is how she shall know him: with one leap of his steed he reaches the height of the
tower, and, in passing, his lips press those of the Princess as she bends from her throne.
Wherefore the King has ordered this to be proclaimed throughout the length and
breadth of the land, for if any deems himself able so to reach the lips of the Princess
and win her, let him try. In the name of the King I have said it!
Dulac's illustration is associated with the description of the third of Ivan's leaps to the Princess, described as follows:
Again the chestnut steed rose to the leap, and, this time, the lips of Ivan met those of
the Princess in a long sweet kiss, for the chestnut horse seemed to linger in the air at
the top of its leap while that kiss endured.
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Detail (for reference)
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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 Edmund Dulac 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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