Steadfast Man of Tin #2

imageAnother 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.

A dramatic battleground backdrop for John Patience’s Steadfast Tin Soldier book.


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 …



A  collage of real newspaper in this lovely underwater scene.

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.

2 thoughts on “Steadfast Man of Tin #2”

  1. Great illustrations and an enjoyable read, look at this artist’s work. The story is such a godsend to artists and illustrators with its vivid imagery and frightful action.


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