Part 1 – ‘Making the Bed’ – Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/04/07/the-land-of-counterpane-invaded-part-1/
Another part of my collection of different illustrated versions of the Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen is this one illustrated by John Patience, undated but looking 1960s or 1970s.
John Patience was born in 1949, and you can see more of his work at:
A Napoleonic shako wearing set of tin soldiers with Danish blue trousers and white cross belts.
Strong black and white patterns along with a psychedelic wizard or jack in the box suggests a 1960s to 1970s date of illustration:
Amphibious adventures for Napoleonic toy soldiers result.
Menacing rats …
A very heroic lack of reaction …
And then the tragic end or the romantic blending into a tin heart, at one with the ballerina …
The tin heart features in the Prince August mould.
Posted by Mark, Man of TIN, April 2018.