SNOW WHITE
ALTERNATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS

ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SECRET ROOM AND THE CREATION OF THE APPLE

Selected by: Kay E. Vandergrift

This page presents one or more Snow White illustrations copied from various editions used in this educational exercise. To preserve copyright law, only one image [within fair-use doctrine] has been used from any one of the books remaining in U.S. and/or British copyright. Every book image has been identified so that, hopefully, the reader will turn to the original for greater clarification and study. The reader should note that scanning of images does not capture the quality of the originals, nor the exact size, and should recognize this in evaluating the illustrations.

VISUAL IMAGES: QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

The questions or comments below are simply to encourage the user to think about the illustrations; other questions and comments may come to mind that are equally valid. You are encouraged to compare additional editions of Snow White to see how this incident is portrayed.

  1. How is the concept of witchcraft or evil conveyed in these illustrations?
  2. What literary and/or visual conventions do illustrators use in the pictures?
  3. Does the artist create a relationship between the "book" and "evil" in the illustration?
  4. Does the apple become the focus of our attention in the pictures? Or, is the eye drawn to something else?
  5. Contrast the pictures below to Burkert's presentation of this scene in her book.
  6. Does the use of purple and black in the illustrations contribute to a visually drawn conclusion?
  7. Note the costumes and masks for the various disguises in the Gag illustration. Note also the humor conveyed through the use of the surgical mask and the labels on the containers.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Freely Translated and Illustrated by Wanda Gag. New York: Coward-McCann, 1938.

The full image is 76 K. Please click on this thumbnail to download the complete image. Clicking on the backbutton on the full image page will bring you back to this page.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Freya Littledale. Illus. by Susan Jeffers. New York: Scholastic, 1980.


The full image is 108 K. Please click on this thumbnail to download the complete image. Clicking on the backbutton on the full image page will bring you back to this page.

Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. Adaptation by Yossi Bechar and David Kriss. Illus. by Tuvia Kurtz. New York: Kidfest International, 1937. [This is probably not the correct date based on the ISBN number.]

The full image is 32 K. Please click on this thumbnail to download the complete image. Clicking on the backbutton on the full image page will bring you back to this page.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Retold and Illus. by John Patience. Bridlington, England: Peter Haddock, Ltd., n.d.

The full image is 180 K. Please click on this thumbnail to download the complete image. Clicking on the backbutton on the full image page will bring you back to this page.

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Created January 6, 1997 and is continously revised