The Art of the 1,001 Nights

King Shahriyar, Shah Zaman and Shahrazad (the frame tale)

№6, ‘Scheherazade,’ painted on panel, is Mr. Streeton’s only other figure picture, and she, in pose and expression, fully conveys the impression of the beautiful, clever and rather cunning woman who successfully held the attention of the brutal Caliph and saved her own and other lives.

Scheherazade, Arthur Streeton (1895); source: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/75837/
Ferdinand Keller — Scheherazade und Sultan Schariar (1880); source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ferdinand_Keller_-_Scheherazade_und_Sultan_Schariar_(1880).jpg#/media/File:Ferdinand_Keller_-_Scheherazade_und_Sultan_Schariar_(1880).jpg
Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823–1903) — Scheherazade (date not known); source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sophie_Gengembre_Anderson_-_Scheherazade.jpg#/media/File:Sophie_Gengembre_Anderson_-_Scheherazade.jpg
Shahriyar unveiling Shahrazad — 1001 Nights 1839, Engraved by Thompson. Woodcut engraving from ‘1001 Nights’ or ‘The Arabian Night’s Entertainment’ 1839. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46/18260803665/in/photostream/
This original watercolor is from “The Story of King Schahriyar and His Brother Schahzena” and shows a genie releasing a beautiful woman from a chest, Kay Nielsen, Courtesy of TASCHEN; source: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2018/10/22/653642391/long-lost-watercolors-of-1001-nights-bring-new-life-to-age-old-tales
The sleeping genie and the lady. Illustration by Sir John Tenniel, 1865; source: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/01/a-visual-history-of-arabian-nights/251719/

The Fisherman and the ‘Ifrit

“The Fisherman and the Genie,” by Edmund Dulac, 1907; source: https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2014/04/how-one-thousand-and-one-nights-came-to.html#.X0pely2r1Z0
The genie comes out of the jar. Drawing, 1898, by Henry J. Ford for the ‘Story of the Fisherman’ from ‘Arabian Nights; source: https://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086670/00001/41j
Illustration from a 1929 edition, by Maxfield Parrish; source: https://animationresources.org/illustration-maxfield-parrishs-arabian-nights-1909-2/

The Porter and the Three Ladies

This original watercolor is from “The Tale of the First Dervish” about a brother and sister who suffer the consequences of falling in love, Kay Nielsen, Courtesy of TASCHEN; source: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2018/10/22/653642391/long-lost-watercolors-of-1001-nights-bring-new-life-to-age-old-tales
This original watercolor is from “The Tale of the Third Dervish” about the shipwrecked son of a king who meets a majestic bird, Kay Nielsen, Courtesy of TASCHEN; source: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2018/10/22/653642391/long-lost-watercolors-of-1001-nights-bring-new-life-to-age-old-tales
This original watercolor is from “The Tale of the Eldest of Three Ladies From Baghdad” showing the inhabitants of a palace who have been turned to stone, Kay Nielsen, Courtesy of TASCHEN; source: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2018/10/22/653642391/long-lost-watercolors-of-1001-nights-bring-new-life-to-age-old-tales

The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Killed by a Slave Girl

Ali Baba, by Maxfield Parrish; source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Arabian_Nights_-_Their_Best-known_Tales#/media/File:Ali-Baba.jpg
‘Killed every one of the robbers’, The Child’s Arabian Nights by W. Heath Robinson, author of “Uncle Lubin” — London: 1903; source: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/killed-every-one-of-the-robbers

The Ebony Horse

Arabian Nights. Pl. 11. The Tale of the Ebony Horse. “He went up to the couch and found a young lady asleep, chemised with her hair as she were the full moon rising over the Eastern horizon…”, Marc Chagall; source: https://www.andrewweissgallery.com/products/marc-chagall-arabian-nights-plate-11
The Ebony Horse, plate 12 from the series Arabian Nights, 1948, lithograph on paper. Marc Chagall; source: https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/collection-publications/collection/works/the-ebony-horse/26101/
‘Up in the air it flew’, The Child’s Arabian Nights by W. Heath Robinson, author of “Uncle Lubin” — London: 1903; source: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/up-in-the-air-it-flew

Sindbad the Sailor

Sindbad Plots Against the Giant, Maxfield Parrish; source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Arabian_Nights_-_Their_Best-known_Tales#/media/File:Sindbad_Plots_Against_The_Giant_by_Maxfield_Parrish.jpg
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin 1876–1942 TWO COLOUR LITHOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATING STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS DEPICTING ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP AND SINBAD THE SAILOR. Quantity: 2 both signed with initials in Cyrillic and in full in Latin, dated 1932 in the plate; one numbered 4 l.l. and incribed in Latin with the name of the publisher l.r.; one numbered 2 l.r. source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arabian_nights_by_I.Bilibin_(1932,_priv.coll.).jpg
Drove him about the island’, The Child’s Arabian Nights by W. Heath Robinson, author of “Uncle Lubin” — London: 1903; source: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/drove-him-about-the-island

The Story of Aladdin, or the Magic Lamp

“The Magician accosts Aladdin”. Illustration of the fairytale of “Aladdin”, from “The Frog Prince and Other Stories” (1874). Republished in Aladdin’s Picture Book by Walter Crane, London; New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1876; source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aladdin%27s_Picture_Book,_Arabian_Nights,_1878_(illustration).jpg
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin 1876–1942 TWO COLOUR LITHOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATING STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS DEPICTING ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP AND SINBAD THE SAILOR. Quantity: 2 both signed with initials in Cyrillic and in full in Latin, dated 1932 in the plate; one numbered 4 l.l. and incribed in Latin with the name of the publisher l.r.; one numbered 2 l.r.; source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arabian_nights_by_I.Bilibin_(1932,_priv.coll.)_2.jpg
Aladdin. Illustration by Errol le Cain, 1981; source: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/01/a-visual-history-of-arabian-nights/251719/
Aladdin. Illustration by Errol le Cain, 1981; source: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/01/a-visual-history-of-arabian-nights/251719/

Non-specific stories

Vittorio Zecchin, Le mille e una notte (1914); source: https://capesaro.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/archivio-mostre-en/the-spirit-of-klimt-vittorio-zecchin-galileo-chini-and-major-decoration-cycles-in-venice/2012/02/3266/project-8/
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), Charmeur de serpent, signed and dated ‘Dalí1966’ (lower left), gouache and watercolour on paper, executed in 1966; source: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5970906&lid=1&From=salesummery&sid=ce0009a3-51a2-42cb-876f-4e64f9409148

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Blair Mahoney

Blair Mahoney

Teacher of Literature and Philosophy, prolific reader and sometime writer