by Danny Garrett
At the end all is well. Princess April Morning- Glory grew up overnight and spread the doctrine of doing good deeds throughout the world. What better ending to a fairy tale than this?
There is one illustration and two illuminations on this page. Let’s look at the illuminations first. They are simple. They are direct. They are the most numerous illuminations in the book. “Princess” is the coronet. “April” is the flight of birds. “Morning-Glory” is itself.
The illustration is just stunning, and one of the best images in the book. Here Letitia is very generous with her gold leaf and glitter on this page. You can see these applications in her glowing gown, the trim outlining her fairy wings and the tip of her wand. Reproductions are wonderful things, but you simply cannot appreciate this page until you see the original art.
The composition is spot on, with three golden birds in flight all looking toward April, and bound by the climbing vines of morning-glories. The wings are ethereal in subdued pastel layers. But it is April herself that shines through it all, with a direct gaze at the viewer/reader. And look very closely. If need be, turn to the back cover of the book.
Princess April Morning-Glory is Letitia Fairbanks…