NAMA
Registry of Mushrooms in Works of Art

Victorian Fairy Paintings

This section includes a special genre of fantasies that make abundant use of mushrooms to emphasize how close the world of fairies is to that of the mushrooms.

 
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Boyle, Eleanor Vere. British. 1825-1916

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  • [a]
  • Fairies Sitting On Two Flowers Or White Clitocyboid Mushrooms. 1872
  • Medium: Illustration to Thumbkinetta (H. C. Anderson’s fairy tale)
  • Mushroom description: Possible white clitocyboid mushrooms
  • Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
  • Web: artmagick.com
  • [b]
  • But He Was Only Sunk in a Dream of Delight
  • Medium: Illustration for the book, The Story without an End
  • Reference: Carove, Friedrich Wilhelm and Austin, Sarah. The Story without an End. Columbia, SC: Camden House. 1995.
  • Note: Originally published in German in 1930. Sarah Austin has translated the edition listed here, the most recent translation.

Cruikshank, George. British. 1792-1878

Cruikshank, Fantasy: fairy ring
  • [a]
  • A Fantasy — The Fairy Ring. ca. 1850
  • Medium: Unknown
  • Mushroom description: Circle with raised edge of fairies?, with huge mushroom in center
  • Location: British Museum, London
  • Web: Photobucket
  • Media: The Independent
  • [b]
  • A Fairy Dance
  • Medium: Pen, ink, and watercolor; size: 26.8 x 42 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Royal fairy couple seated on a large white mushroom, perhaps an Agaricus
  • Location: Maas Gallery, London
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Dadd, Richard. British. 1817-1887

  • [a]
  • Puck. 1841
  • Medium: Oils on canvas; size: approximately 23 X 23 in.
  • Mushroom description: A mature bolete
  • Location: Private collection
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • Note: Puck sitting on a toadstool originated with Sir Joshua Reynolds, who also painted a Puck for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.
  • Web: Emory University
  • [b]
  • Titania Sleeping
  • Medium: Not available
  • Mushroom description: Stylized cap mushrooms scattered on ground
  • Location: The Louvre, Paris
  • Reference: More on this painting at The Victorian Web
  • Web: The Victorian Web
  • [c]
  • Contradiction: Oberon and Titania. 1854-8
  • Medium: Oils on oval canvas; size: 61 x 75.5 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Several tan agarics at Oberon’s feet
  • Location: Collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Danby, Francis. British. 1793-1861

  • Scene From a Midsummer Night's Dream. 1832
  • Medium: Watercolors; size: 19.7 x 29.0 cm.
  • Mushroom description:
  • Location: Oldham Art Gallery, Lancashire, UK.
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • Web: http://faeriefae.50megs.com

Doyle, Richard. British. 1824-1883

  • [a]
  • The Triumphal March of the Elf King
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Mushroom description: Several light tan campanulate agarics in grass
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: The Victorian Web
Doyle, Fairy Rings and Toadstools
  • [b]
  • Fairy Rings and Toadstools
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Mushroom description: Russula-like mushrooms with fairies dancing around them
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: The Victorian Web
  • [c]
  • He Finds Her And This Is The Consequence
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Mushroom description: Two fairies kissing across a Russsula-like mushroom
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: The Victorian Web
  • [d]
  • An Elfin Dance By Night
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Mushroom description: Several campanulate mushrooms
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: The Victorian Web
  • [e]
  • Reposing by Night
  • Mushroom description: Large, maybe Leccinum
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: The Victorian Web
  • [f]
  • Fairy School
  • Medium: Engraving; size: 27.5 x 38 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Fairies dancing around stipitate mushrooms
  • Location: Unknown

Fitzgerald, John Anster. English. 1819?–1906

brave new world
  • The Intruders
  • Medium: Illustration in watercolors; size: 37 x 29 cm.
  • Mushroom description: A single Amanita muscaria with fairies and animals
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Fortescue-Brickdale, Eleanor. British

  • The Introduction
  • Medium: Pencil and watercolors; size: 48.8 x 32.2 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Two agarics in foreground
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Gresley, Harold. British. Derby 1882-1967

  • The Gnome’s Repast
  • Medium: Watercolors on paper; size: 35.30 x 27.5 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Gnomes sitting at an Agaricus table, on Agaricus chairs
  • Location: Private collection
  • Web: Leicester Galleries

Heatherly, Thomas. British

  • [a]
  • Fairy Seated on a Mushroom. ca. 1860
  • Shape: Oval
  • Mushroom description: Stylized large mushrooms
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: Wikigallery
  • [b]
  • Fairies Among Mushrooms
  • Medium: Oils on canvas; size: 19.7 x 27 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Fairy reposing on a large blue-green agaric with another agaric showing gills in background
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • [c]
  • Fairy Resting on a Mushroom
  • Medium: Oil on canvas; size: 19.7 x 27 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Large, flat topped blue-gray mushroom
  • Location: Private collection
  • Web: Flickr

Hunt, William Holman. British. 1827–1910

  • Valentine rescuing Sylvia from Proteus. 1851
  • Medium: Oils on canvas
  • Mushroom description: Several capped mushrooms in right foreground
  • Location: City Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK.
  • Reference: Betthausen. Die Präraffaeliten. Berlin. 1989.
  • Web: Olga's Gallery

Ichuko, Azuma Higashi. Japanese, active 1984.

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  • Goblin. 1984
  • Note: Added here because of style
  • Medium: Unknown; size: 44.2 x 32 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Goblin jumping over stylized capped mushroom
  • Location: Fairy Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Web: http://www.bridgemanart.com/image.aspx?key=203988&lang=en-gb

Jacobs, Helen. British. Ilford, 1888-1970

  • [a]
  • The Fairy Market
  • Medium: Pen and ink, watercolors with gouache on paper; size: 21.6 x 30 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Agaricus scattered on the ground
  • Location: Private collection
  • Reference: Bridgeman Library
  • [b]
  • Title: Elves Mice-racing
  • Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper; size: 24.8 x 18.6 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Agarics (Cortinarius?) covering the foreground
  • Location: Private collection
  • Web: Online Galleries

James, Laura Gwenllian. British.

  • Where the Fairies Dance in a Place Apart. 1905
  • Medium: Oils on panel; size: 29.8 x 22.8 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Agarics (part of a ring) in a row
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Kinnard, Frederick G. British. Worked 1864-81

  • The Four Seasons. Spring.
  • Medium: Oil on board; size: 17.7 x 5.2 cm.
  • Location: Private collection
  • Mushroom description: Two fairy children under capped mushrooms
  • Web: Bridgeman Art Gallery

Millais, John Everett. British. 1829-1886

  • Ferdinand Lured by Ariel. 1849-50
  • Medium: Oils
  • Location: Private collection, London
  • Mushroom description: Tree trunk with Trametes gibbosa and capped mushrooms, right background
  • Reference: Betthausen. Die Präraffaeliten. Berlin. 1989.
  • Web: Endicott Studio

Morgan, Walter Jenks. British. 1847-1924

  • A Fairy Ring
  • Medium: Watercolor with white heightening on paper; size: 15.5 x 23 cm.
  • Location: Unknown
  • Mushroom description: Fairies sitting and standing on a fairy ring of large, flat capped agarics
  • Web: The Victorian Web

Paton, Joseph Noel. Scottish. 1821-1901

  • [a]
  • The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania. 1849
  • Medium: Oils on canvas
  • Mushroom description: Several prominent mushrooms
  • Location: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Web: Emory University
  • [b]
  • The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania
  • Medium: Oils on canvas
  • Mushroom description: Several prominent mushrooms with squamous caps in middle foreground
  • Location: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Reference: Illustr. C. Woods, Fairies in Victorian Art. 2000. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club
  • Web: Emory University
  • [c]
  • Fairy Music or Bonny Kilmeny
  • Medium: Oils on board; size: 37.5 cm in diameter
  • Mushroom description: Two agarics in middle background
  • Location: Unknown
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • [d]
  • Puck and the Fairy
  • Medium: Oils on card; size: 24.2 x 28 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Russula with split cap in left foreground
  • Location: Chris Beetles, Ltd., London
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • [e]
  • The Fairy Raid. Carrying Off a Changeling, Midsummer Eve
  • Medium: Oils on canvas; size: 90.5 x 146.7 cm.
  • Location: Glasgow Museums: Art Gallery and Museums, Kelvingrove
  • Mushroom description: Two possible Russulas in foreground
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Rackham, Arthur. British. 1867-1939

  • [a]
  • Come, Now a Roundel. 1908
  • Mushroom description: Mushroom fairy ring with fairies dancing in a circle around it
  • Location: Unknown
  • Web: Endicott Studio
  • [b]
  • Puck and the Fairy
  • Medium: Oils on card; size: 24.2 x 28 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Russula with split cap in left foreground
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.
  • Web: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bestpriceart. com/thumb/150x150/cgfa_paton3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bestpriceart.com/search/%3Fcri%3Dartists%26ust%3DSir%2520Joseph%2520Noel%2520Paton&h=139&w=150&sz=9&tbnid=67HZ2E_1J4hZFM:&tbnh=83&tbnw=90&hl=en&start=2&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpaton%2Bjoseph%2B%2Bpuck%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG

Reynolds, Sir Joshua. British. Plympton 1723-London 1792.

  • Puck. 1789
  • Medium: Oils
  • Mushroom description: Forest scene with several cap mushrooms on the ground
  • Location: Illustration from the The Book of Fairies
  • Web: http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Reynolds.Puck.html

Spilsbury, Maria. British. 1777-1823

  • Where Mortal Thing Might Never Breathe
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper; size: 32.5 x 23.5 cm.
  • Mushroom description: Fairy under a mature Coprinus comatus, next to an immature one
  • Location: Fairy Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Web: http://www.bridgeman.co.uk/search/s_results.asp?search=203941 &order=0&stype=all&page=&view=2

Tarrant, Winifred M. British. 1888-1959

  • A Fairy Band
  • Medium: Watercolor; size: 49.2 x 61.8 cm.
  • Mushroom description: A fairy leading a band standing on a ringless Amanita muscaria
  • Location: Collection of Averil and Barry Miles
  • Reference: Woods, C. Fairies in Victorian Art. Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Coll. Club. 2000.

Wilson, George. British. 1848-1890

  • The Spring Witch. 1883-84
  • Medium: ?
  • Mushroom description (by J. M. Toohey): "A group of perhaps six perhaps mushrooms in the lower left-hand corner, next to a stump with assorted foliage about. Lactarius? Short stipes, convex to sunken caps with inrolled margins on some, and gills may be attached, reddish-brown tones, that did not seem typical, artist's prerogative, I suspect."
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Reference: Delaware Art Museum. Jeanette M. Toohey, Associate Curator for Collections. 1995
  • Web: http://www.preraph.org/searchresults.php?artist=George+Wilson&class=painting
 

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