Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Mixed Media on PaperSize:
16" x 21" (400mm x 530mm)Date:
1972This is the unique original Mixed Media art by Ron Embleton.
A charming painting probably used to illustrate the book The Frog Prince and five other traditional tales, retold by Jane MacMichael (Glasgow, Blackie, 1973).
Although the story is best known today through the Grimm Brothers' rendition of it, parts of it may extend back until at least Roman times; a version of the story is apparently referred to in Petronius's Satyricon.
In the tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends the Frog Prince (meeting him after dropping a gold ball into a pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince. Although in modern versions the transformation is invariably triggered by the princess kissing the frog, in the original Grimm version of the story the frog's spell was broken when the princess threw it against a wall in disgust.
The frog prince also has a loyal servant named Henry (or Harry) who had three iron bands affixed around his heart to prevent it from breaking in his sadness over his master's curse, but when the prince was reverted to his human form Henry's overwhelming happiness caused all three bands to break, freeing his heart from its bonds.
This original painting is from the Ron Embleton family collection.