Book Cover for Il Pentamerone

Detail from a hand-drawn and painted book cover I made for the English translation of Il Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile, for a birthday present.

Il Pentamerone was the 17th century Italian precursor for many famous fairy tales, it features 50 stories told over 5 days. I did one drawing for each story. A lot of these stories were later borrowed by the Brothers Grimm and formed the basis of classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel. This collection of stories is so worth a read, it’s amazing. One story features hiding a pizza under a mattress…

Dip-pen and ink and Gouache, 2015.

About HannahMumby

Illustrator; lover of ink and gouache. Currently based in Exeter UK. If you are interested in my work or would like to ask a question, please email:

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