Pomegranate’s Maxfield Parrish coloring book features 22 drawings based on illustrations for the Knave of Hearts. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed. Click on the small picture to see an interior page.Introduction
The Knave of Hearts—a play based on a nursery rhyme made famous through its inclusion in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—was written by Louise Saunders, the talented wife of legendary editor Maxwell Perkins. Saunders’s play follows the fanciful story of the royal household of Pompdebile, King of Hearts, as his bride-to-be, Lady Violetta, struggles with a requirement for their marriage. Violetta must bake pastry satisfying to the King. She cannot cook, alas!, but she gets essential help from the royal Knave, and everything works out in the end.
Maxfield Parrish (1870–1966) is remembered today as one of America’s greatest illustrators, and his paintings for The Knave of Hearts—first published in 1925—are considered masterpieces. Parrish is known for combining luminescent color, photorealism, surreal imagery, and technical excellence.
Twenty-two of Maxfield Parrish’s illustrations for The Knave of Hearts, including the bookplate and endpaper paintings from the original printing, are included here. The paintings depict the delightful, humorous, and lovable characters in Saunders’s play. Most of them relate directly to scenes in the script, but some of them—such as The Gardener Wheeling Vegetables, The Youth and the Frog, and Chef between Two Lobsters—serve as enhancements to the story. All 22 paintings are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers. When you color in the line drawings, you might want to copy their colors, or you might decide to use your own. We’ve left the last page of this book blank so that you can draw and color a picture of your own.
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