Box 23

Medium:
Pen and ink; watercolor

Illustrator(s):
Comstock, Frances Bassett (1881-?), [signed].

Known books with call numbers and possible books:
Little playmates ABC [not in AAS collections]
Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910
Known nursery rhymes, fairy tales and stories:
Alphabet
Circe’s Palace
The Dragon’s Teeth The Golden Fleece
The Pomegranate Seeds
The Pygmies
Three Little Kittens
Genre/subject of illustrations:
Animals
Covers/title banners/headings
Greek and Roman Myths
Illustrated tales
Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales
Folder 1 An enchantress to the right with long black hair, a crown, and a cape and gown; in front of her are numerous pigs; image is annotated, “Circe’s Palace” “Begone to your sty!”; artist’s signature in the lower right “F. Bassett Comstock”, 37 x 29 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 2 A giant-type creature in a long flowing cape with a beard and singular eye; surrounding the giant are numerous small creatures [pygmies]; they are climbing on his extended hand, foot and cape; image is annotated at bottom “The Pygmies” “On all their holidays, the Pygmies had excellent sport with Antaeus”; artist’s signature in the middle “F. Bassett Comstock”, 37 x 29 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 3 A king seated at a throne with a large shield behind him; in front is a girl with long hair wearing a dress and sandals crying; dangling in the air are numerous jewels and gems; image is annotated at the bottom “The Pomegranate Seeds” “As if a faint and watery sunbeam had found its way into the enchanted hall”; artist’s signature in the lower right “F. Bassett Comstock”, 36 x 26.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 4 A ship with numerous oars in the water and a large central mast and sail; in the foreground are choppy waves and a seagull; image is annotated at the bottom “The Golden Fleece” “Thus triumphantly did the Argo sail out of the harbor”; artist’s signature is in the lower left, “F.B. Comstock”, 35 x 25 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 5 Figurehead of a ship wearing a helmet with its arm extended to the left and carrying a shield with Medusa’s head; image is annotated in pencil “Half Page” ‘The Golden Fleece’ “The right arm was extended, as if pointing onward”, artist’s initials on the ship “F.B.C.”, 17 x 27 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 6 A man wearing a hat with wings, sandals and a cape lined with stars; he is carrying in his left hand a Caduceus, behind him is a tree with a bird perched on a branch; image annotated at bottom “Heading for Circe’s Palace”, 18 x 30 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 7 A centaur turned to the left, eyes facing the viewer holding a stick and a scroll; behind is a semi-circle; image is annotated in pencil “Heading for ‘The Golden Fleece’”; artist’s initials, “F.B.C.” under the creature’s hoof, 19 x 37 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 8 A man in a cape, headband and sandals on a cliff facing left; in the distance are numerous trees and a domed building; image is annotated at the bottom in pencil, “Circe’s Palace” “He clambered to the summit of a cliff”, 36.5 x 16.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 9 A woman facing the viewer with long hair and a wreath of flowers; draped around her is a flowing dress; she is bearing a lit torch; image is annotated beneath in pencil, “The Pomegranate Seeds” “Thus Mother Ceres went wandering”; artist initials enclosed in a circle, “F.B.C.”, 37 x 19 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 10 A three-headed dog baring tongues and teeth; out of the corner is a dragon-like creature with forked tongue; image is annotated beneath, “Heading for ‘The Pomegranate Seeds’”; artist’s initials, “F.B.C.”, 16 x 37.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 11 A woman facing the viewer with a star surrounding her head, numerous necklaces and flowing hair; she is wearing a dress and a cape with stars; image is annotated at bottom “Harmonia a daughter of the sky” “The Dragon’s Teeth”; artists initials inside a star “F.B.C.”, 37 x 19 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 12 A dragon turned to the left baring teeth with a forked tongue and pointed wings; the tail is wrapping around the dragon’s body; image is annotated, “Heading for ‘The Dragon’s Teeth’”, 19.5 x 37.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 13 A man wearing a large Roman helmet and bear skin facing right; his arm is extended and there is a Pygmy sitting on his hand; there are additional pygmies at his feet; image is annotated at the bottom, “The Pygmies” “I challenge you to instant battle on equal ground”; artist’s initials in lower left, “F.B.C.”, 37 x 20 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 14 A bald pygmy facing the viewer standing atop a mushroom and holding a sword; image is annotated to the right “Heading for ‘The Pygmies’”; artist’s initials in lower left, “F.B.C.”, 20 x 37 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 15 A man dressed in Roman clothing carrying a club over his shoulder; he is facing the viewer and straddling between two cliffs; between the cliffs is a waterway and a boat; image is annotated, “The Minotaur” “Talus the man of Brass”; artists initials are in the lower right “F.B.C.”, 36.5 x 19.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 16 A man to the left wearing Roman clothing grasping a large boulder; behind him is a tree; image is annotated, “Heading for ‘The Minotaur’”; artist’s initials are in the lower left, “F.B.C.”, 19 x 37.5 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 17 “Tanglewood Tales By Nathaniel Hawthorne” cover image featuring a young centaur sitting on a rock playing a set of pipes; he has a sash tied around his waist, behind him is the sun or moon; artist’s initials are in the lower left, “F.B.C.”, 37.5 x 26 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 18 A woman riding sidesaddle on a bull with a wreath of flowers circling them both; the bull is walking across a body of water towards the left; image is annotated, “The Dragon’s Teeth” “There sat Europa on the beautiful bull”; artist’s signature is on a banner in the lower right, “F. Bassett Comstock”, 37 x 29 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 19 A woman riding sidesaddle on a bull with a wreath of flowers circling them both; the bull is walking across a body of water towards the left; artist’s signature is on a banner in the lower right, “F. Bassett Comstock” [note: is colored image of item in to Box 23 Folder 18], 19 x 17 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 20 A minotaur in hand-to-hand combat with a man; the minotaur’s hand is raised above his head, arm flexed; the man has a sword drawn; image is annotated beneath, “The Minotaur” “There ensued the most awful fight that ever happened beneath the sun or moon”; artist’s signature is drawn on a banner, “F. Bassett Comstock”, 38 x 27 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 21 “Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne” Cover image featuring a man to the left with a sword drawn; he is wearing an animal skin and sandals; to the right is a dragon with an open mouth, forked tongue and spiral tail; the letter “C” is beneath the dragon; image is annotated beneath, “same size as The Wonder Book”, 37 x 29 cm [Used in: Tanglewood tales for girls and boys McL H399 T161 1910]
Folder 22 A white kitten on a table looking at a cake in surprise; there is also a filled glass and knife on the table; an additional white kitten is on a wicker chair beneath looking up [sketch on reverse], 38 x 30 cm
Folder 23 Three white kittens on a see-saw; all three are wearing bows; two of the kittens are on one end up in the air; one kitten in the foreground holds them down, 35 x 28 cm
Folder 24 Three white kittens wearing bows playing on a stool; two are on the seat of the stool and one is beneath with a look of surprise on its face, 38 x 29.5 cm
Folder 25 A white kitten submerged in a fishbowl with goldfish; the kitten’s head is out of the bowl and has a look of surprise; to the left are cherries and an apple, 37 x 30 cm
Folder 26 Two white kittens playing inside a bowl filled with cherries and stems; on of the kittens has its eyes towards the viewer [sketch on reverse], 35 x 28 cm
Folder 27 Cover image of book, possibly an alphabet book, featuring a boy sitting on steps holding and brushing a puppy in his lap; a white and black spotted dog in a brown collar looks on; two puppies are in a hat with straw next to her; visible decorated letters are “A” “B” and “P”, 32.5 x 24.5 cm
Folder 28 A young girl with a pink dress and hat holding onto a leash; the leash leads upwards to a decorative bordered image of a white bulldog with a brown collar; beneath is a dog playing with two cows; in the upper right hand corner is the letter “C”, 34.5 x 27.5 cm

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