Golden Age Illustrator: Kay Nielsen

Kay Nielsen, illus. for Andersen's story "The Tinderbox" (see the original post) [Tinderbox!]


Though this is my first post on Danish-American illustrator Kay Nielsen (1886–1957), his influence can be seen everywhere on 50 Watts (try Lathrop and Sterrett).


Golden Age Comic Book Stories has done a great job of archiving Nielsen's work online—they made most of these scans. Calla Editions have reprinted East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North and will soon reprint In Powder and Crinoline (wisely re-titled The Twelve Dancing Princesses).



Andersen tale (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1914 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





In Powder and Crinoline, 1912 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)

















Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Hansel and Gretel / the Brothers Grimm, 1925 (see the original post)





Red Magic, 1930 (see the original post)





Red Magic, 1930 (see the original post)





Kay Nielsen, "Night on Bald Mountain" draft for Fantasia, 1940 via Frank Zumbach