The Story of a Mother
Illustration by Kay Nielsen
This glorious illustration from Nielsen was inspired by the classic tale from Hans Christian Andersen, "The Story of a Mother",
depicting the following text:
The roads crossed each other in the depths of the forest, and she no longer knew
whither she should go! then there stood a thorn-bush; there was neither leaf nor
flower on it, it was also in the cold winter season, and ice-flakes hung on the
"Hast thou not seen Death go past with my little child?" said the mother.
"Yes," said the thorn-bush; "but I will not tell thee which way he took, unless thou
wilt first warm me up at thy heart. I am freezing to death; I shall become a lump
And she pressed the thorn-bush to her breast, so firmly, that it might be thoroughly
warmed, and the thorns went right into her flesh, and her blood flowed in large
drops, but the thorn-bush shot forth fresh green leaves, and there came flowers on
it in the cold winter night, the heart of the afflicted mother was so warm; and the
thorn-bush told her the way she should go.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Detail (for reference)
Reproduction on 18 x 24" sheet
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 Kay Nielsen 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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of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Kay Nielsen and this
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