The two illustrations were probably made in full color but the magazine has chosen to print them in a reduced color scale. The painting is cut in half to fit the spread.
Luckily, I found the original painting while browsing through the Miscellaneous illustration crates in the Tenggren papers, Kerlan Collection at University of Minneapolis, MA.
|Opening spread for A Christmas legend of Hamelin Town, Good Housekeeping 1928.|
|Original painting for A Christmas legend of Hamelin Town.|
Kerlan collection of the University of Minnesota Libraries
with permissions from the Archives and Special Collections
The other illustration for this story shows an old lady and a crowd of children. Let alone Tenggren's excellence in painting cute kids, this painting is interesting in another way. The model for the kneeling old lady is Tenggren's own mother, Augusta.
|Full page illustration in three colors for |
A Christmas legend of Hamelin Town, Good Housekeeping 1928.
|Gustaf Tenggren: Portrait in chalk of Augusta, mother of the artist, 1932.|