Page 36: Hearts and Flowers - "The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who '...was as kind as she was beautiful.'" ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 36 – At last they came to rest (Artists and Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

A beautiful illustration commands half of the page. It is an image of a lonely princess in a high tower that our wayfarers and the mended bird have come upon. This is one of Letitia’s most powerful of all the book’s images, and one of my personal favorites. The princess is resplendent in a purple gown trimmed in ermine. Atop her head is a conical headpiece with two veils – one violet and the other blue, matching her undergarment. It is my opinion, as well as others, that this princess is indeed Letitia herself. Even the posture and the countenance speak to it. A comparison of the two can be found in this montage:

Letitia Fairbanks as the Lonely Princess

Left: Portrait of Letitia Fairbanks by an unknown photographer, circa 1945.
Right: Letitia’s self portrait of the Lonely Princess from her 1941 fairy tale, Princess April Morning-Glory.

The lower half of the page is replete with illumination. The first is a miniature reproduction of the tower with a blue banner fluttering in the breeze. When the beautiful bird is illuminated again, it comes across as blue as the banner. Though not our April, the “Princess” on this page gets a coronet as well, albeit golden. Gold appears again in the following, and final, series of illuminations. Here we have five objects – three hearts in a row, interrupted by two pansy-like flowers.

Page 36: Hearts and Flowers - "The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who '...was as kind as she was beautiful.'" ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 36: Hearts and Flowers – “The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who ‘…was as kind as she was beautiful.'” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who “…was as kind as she was beautiful.”

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Danny Garrett

About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

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