Children's book illustration is a too-often ignored artform. One of the most well-known names in the golden age of illustration is Edmund Dulac, a French illustrator who worked in the early 20th century. Although his images have a very noticeable Victorian aesthetic, Dulac thought outside the box and would set fairytale images in exotic lands. Sometimes he would even imitate the traditional artwork of the region the story was set in, a technique unusual for the time. Here are some of his Rococo setting illustrations,
Me blogging, oh wait, The Snow Queen
Sleeping Beauty which looks very similar to Madame Tussaud's figure by the same name, modeled after Madame DuBarry
Also from Sleeping Beauty
Oh and do check out this beautiful illustration Kinuko Y. Craft did for Cinderella (another favourite children's book illustrator of mine).