'Little Mermaid'

Bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen

This issue from 2005 celebrates the Bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen, depicting his immortal tale of ‘The Little Mermaid’. It tells the story of the youngest daughter of the Sea King. How she falls in love with a human prince, her journey to the sea witch to make her human and how she eventually forsakes her earthly life for the future happiness of her beloved prince and his princess bride.
I started by sketching out ideas for each stamp, using my long suffering wife as a model for figure positions. Then pushed through the pencil drawing before painting them with watercolour.

Alderney's Little Mermaid Stamps

The ‘Little Mermaid’ stamps on the First Day Cover.

Alderney's ~ Little Mermaid Stamp

The last stamp where she forsakes her earthly life and is taken up by the ‘daughters of the air’.

Alderney's Little Mermaid Presentation Pack Cover

The Presentation Pack Cover, again painted with Watercolour.

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