Arts Everyday Living: A Child’s World—Dragon Fantasies with Butterfly Wings

A CHILD’S WORLD

DRAGON FANTASIES

 

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

 

Thomas Cooper Gotch, Innocence, c. 1904, watercolor, probably Private Collection

Thomas Cooper Gotch, Innocence, c. 1904, watercolor, probably Private Collection

English artist Thomas Cooper Gotch’s dragon circa 1904, with his butterfly-like wings, is definitely not as fearsome as the trio currently starring in TV series Game of Thrones and easily vanquished by the Innocence of a child (posed for by the painter’s daughter Phyllis above).  Yet, J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), born a generation after his fellow Brit, might have been influenced in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by the Pre-Raphaelite style Gotch practiced emphasizing medieval themes as well as fantasy.

Thomas Cooper Gotch, born 1854 and died in 1931.

 

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