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Fairy Tales are the myths we live by

Fairy Tales are the myths we live by, evoking the imagination and teaching us the lessons of the heart. Adrienne Ségur is at the center of Art Passions because my lifelong love of fairy tales began with the illustrations to The Fairy Tale Book by Adrienne Segur. It has been republished as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales. If you know the original book, you will find that the colors are close, but not an exact match. The Fairy Tale Book images here are come from my own copy that I have kept since I was a girl.

List of Adrienne Segur Illustrations

On this page, you will find links to illustrations by Adrienne Segur for the following books:

Alice in Wonderland

The Fairy Tale Book

The Nutcracker

Ib and Christine

My Big Book of Cat Stories

The Red Shoes

The Snow Queen and Other Stories

The Golden Bird

Cotonnet Aviateur

Misha, the Little Brown Bear

About Adrienne Segur

She is often confused with the Comtesse de Segur, but the Comtesse de Segur was born in 1799 and died in 1874, more a quarter century before Adrienne Ségur was born in 1901. The title page of the American edition of Misha, the Little Brown Bear says the author is the "Countess Adrienne Segur". Moreover, the American edition of Misha (1932) is dedicated to H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth of Greece.

About Art Passions

Art Passions began as a tribute to artists whose work I grew up, and whose work has meaning for me personally. The list of artists on, including recent additions to the site, as well as other information are availble on the home page.

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I try to keep Art Passions non-commercial, although there are some links to art prints and tile, and books. Since I'm retired, and Social Security does not go as far as you might think, I'll add a few more. Whatever resources I have for finding books or posters by these artists are listed in the FAQ and book recommendation / resources pages. Sets of art tiles, murals, and accent tiles by these artists are available via William Morris Tile, and many of these illustrations are available as art prints at Artsy Craftsy - the Art of Myth and Fairy Tale. If you don't find a print there, ask and I may be able to get it for you.


The Fairy Tale Book is out of print but has been reprinted as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales and is available here. It has all the illustrations and the pages are the same size. The paper is not quite as thick and has a different quality. The colors are not not the same as the original; they are closer to those in Le Livre des Bêtes Enchantées.

The Snow Queen and Other Tales has been reprinted and is available here: The Snow Queen and Other Tales illustrated by Adrienne ségur.

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Biographical Information and Photos of Adrienne Segur

Adrienne Segur advertisement done for Van Cleef and Arpels

I have put together some biographical information and photos of Adrienne Segur. The translation is mine. Be nice.

Index of biography pages with cover photo.

Birth and marriage

Evolution of Style

Relationship with Flammarion


List of Published Works

End pieces

Illustrations by Book

Alice in Wonderland

Alice and the Creatures of Wonderland by Adrienne Segur

The rabbit is late
The pool of tears
Alice and the creatures of Wonderland
Caucus Race
Small Bill
A little house
Advice from a Caterpillar
One side will make you grow larger
Pig and Pepper
Frog Valet
Crazy Tea
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Cheshire Cat
Flamingo Croquet
The Jabberwock
Lobster Quadrille
Who stole the tarts?
The Queen of Hearts
The Testimony of Alice

The Fairy Tale Book

The Wild Swans illustration by Adrienne Segur

Some, but not all, of these illustrations also appear in Il Etait une Fois (the French edition, and in Knaurs Tiermarchen (the German edition), and Le Livre des Bêtes Enchantées

Sleeping Beauty (1 of 2)
Sleeping Beauty (2 of 2)
The Frog Princess
Kuzma and the Fox
Puss in Boots
Thumbelina (1 of 3)
Thumbelina (2 of 3)
Thumbelina (3 of 3)
Green Snake
The Tinder Box
Kip the Enchanted Cat
Grace and Derek
Urashima and the Turtle
The Wild Swans
Hans and the Striped Cat
Little Red Riding Hood
The White Deer
Beauty and the Beast
Queen Cat (not the same illustration
as in My Big Book of Cats)
Cowlick Ricky
The Seven Crow Princes
The Royal Ram
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (1 of 3)
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (2 of 3)
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (3 of 3)
Dawn the Golden Haired
Finn the Keen Falcon

My Big Book of Cat Stories

The Cat, the Fox, and the Rooster by Adrienne Segur

These illustrations also appear Le Chat Jérémie et autres histoires de chats.

The Cat, the Fox, and the Little Rooster (1 of 2)
The Cat, the Fox, and the Little Rooster (2 of 2)
Jeremy the Cat, Lord of the Forest
The Owl and the Pussycat
How Cats Came to Purr
Baba Yaga's Cat
Baba Yaga's Cat (end mark)
Three Who Spun (1 of 2)
Three Who Spun (2 of 2)
The Cat and the Sick Chicken
The Boy who Drew Cats
The Cat with the Crooked Tail
Queen Cat (single)
Queen Cat (1 of 2)
Queen Cat (2 of 2)
The Talking Cat
The Repentant Cat
The Tip of the Tail of the Cat
Butter-Ears the Cat
The Legend of Patripat the Cat
That Stupid Jack and his Cat

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes illustration by Adrienne Segur

The girl who walked on bread
The parakeet
The ugly duckling
The ugly duckling and the cat
Kay at the window
Snow Queen Part 1
Snow Queen Part 2
Gerda and the Bird
The Fir Tree
The Wild Swans
He carried her home
The red shoes
Thumbelina part 1
Thumbelina part 2
Thumbelina in the forest

The Snow Queen and Other Stories

The Little Girl Made of Snow illustration by Adrienne Segur

Winter's Promised Bride
The Cat Who Became Lord of the Forest
Baba Yaga (1 of 2)
Baba Yaga (2 of 2)
Three Dwarfs of the Forest
Jorinda and Joringel
Melito and His Soul
Alenka and Her Brother
The Little Old Woman
The Snow Queen (1 of 4)
The Snow Queen (2 of 4)
The Snow Queen (3 of 4)
The Snow Queen (4 of 4)
The Little Girl Made of Snow (1 of 2)
The Little Girl Made of Snow (2 of 2)
Prince Ivan, the Infant Ogress,
and the Little Sister of the Sun

The Nutracker (Nussknacker und Mauskonig)

Battle Royale, illustration to the Nutcracker by Adrienne Segur

These illustrations are from Nussknacker und Mauskonig but appear in The Snow Queen and Other Stories.

With Fritz
Godfather Drosselmayer
The Little Man in the Wooden Jacket
Strange Happenings
Battle Royal (1 of 2)
Battle Royal (1 of 2)
The Mouse Queen
Threat Against Princess Pirlipat
Search for the nut Crackatuk (1 of 2)
Search for the nut Crackatuk (2 of 2)
The Mouse King
The Capital
The Doll Kingdom
Tea Party (1 of 2)
Tea Party (2 of 2)

L'Oiseau D'or (The Golden Bird)

The Christmas of the Little Apple

Vassilissa La Belle - 1 (Vassilissa the Beautiful 1)
Vassilissa La Belle - 2 (Vassilissa the Beautiful 2)
La Mere Qui Chante, Le Pomme Qui Daube, et L'Oisillon Qui Dit Tout (The Mother who Sings, the Apple that Stinks, and the Fledgling that Tells All)
La Petite Vielle de la Fôret (The Little Old Woman in the Forest)
Les Douze Mois (The 12 Months)
Neigeblanche et Roserouge (Snow White and Rose Red)
Frerot et Soeurette (Little Brother and Sister)
Les Trois Petits Hommes de la Fôret (The Three Little Men in the Forest)
Yorinde et Yoringue (Yorinde and Yoringue)
Le Chat, Le Moineau, et Le Petit Bonhomme (The Cat, the Sparrow, and the Little Gentleman)
Unoeil, Deuxyeaux, Troisyeaux (Oneeye, Twoeyes, Threeeyes)
L'Oiseau D'Or (The Golden Bird 1)
L'Oiseau D'Or (The Golden Bird 2)
Grain D'Aile (Grain of the Wing)
Le Noel de Petite Pomme (The Christmas of Little Apple)
Le Prince Charmant (The Charming Prince)
Le Loup de Catherine (Catherine's Wolf)
Philippine et Le Joeur de Luth (Philippine and the Lute Player)
Le Marriage du Cordonnier (The Marriage of the Shoemaker)
Histoire d'un Petit Oiseau Reconnaissant (The Story of a Grateful Little Bird)

Ib and Christine

Undine (Ondine) illustration by Adrienne Segur

Inscription from Adrienne Segur to Charles Etienne
Letter found between the pages of my copy from Charles Etienne to Adrienne Segur
Ib and Christine
Undine (Ondine) 1 of 3
Undine (Ondine) 2 of 3
Undine (Ondine) 3 of 3
Little Match Girl
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Clock
The Story of a Mother
Weeping Willow Tree
Old Closed Eye 1 of 2
Old Closed Eye 2 of 2
The Old House
Christmas Angel
The Chair and the Chimney Sweep
The Fairy of the Elderberries
The Flowers of Little Ida

Cotonnet Aviateur (Aviator Rabbit)

Cotonnet Flying with Balloons illustration by Adrienne Segur

Cotonnet Aviateur
Cotonnet Flying with Balloons
Cotonnet Meets the Elephant
Talking with the Elephant
On an Island
Posing for the Camera

Misha, Le Petit Ours Brun (Misha, the Little Brown Bear)

Misha the Little Brown Bear by Adrienne Segur

Originally, Misha, le Petit Ours Brun.

Misha - Front Cover
Misha - Inside front cover
Misha - American Title Page
Misha - Back inside cover
Misha - Back cover

Other Books Illustrationed by Adrienne Segur

L'Enfant et Les Sortileges (coming soon)

Un Tout Petit Cochon S'en Allait a L'Ecole (coming soon)

Le Pays de Trente-Six Mille Volontes (coming soon)

Les Aventures de Cotonnet

Histoire d'un Casse-Noisette un conte d'Hoffmann (same illustrations as Nutcracker)

Cotonnet en Amerique (coming soon)

La Rose de Noel (coming soon)

Cigognes d'Alsace (coming soon/)

La Maison Grise en Face (color plates by Maggie Salcedo, black and white drawings in the text by Adrienne Ségur)

Links We Like

A couple of these are our sister sites

Art Passions Fairy Tale Scholarship blog

Endicott Studio

Art of Narrative

Sur La Lune Annotated Fairy Tales

Art Magick

Journal of Mythic Arts

Sacred Texts

Open Culture

Center for Story and Symbol Resources

Neil Gaiman


Old Book Illustrations

Art of Myth and Fairy Tale (art prints)

William Morris articles at William Morris Tile

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