Illustrations extracted from the tale The Widow’s Son, published in East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914).
The artworks are sold as a series of four prints mounted in custom-made passepartout and framed in wooden frames made of solid oak (external dimensions: 31,5 x 25,5 cm, depth 20 mm).
A young girl born to a poor couple is adopted by a foster mother who looks after her until she reaches adulthood. One day, the foster mother has to go on a trip and leave the girl alone, but before she leaves, she forbids her to open the three rooms she has never been in. Once she has left, the girl cannot help herself and opens the first room, from which a star escapes. When she returned, the foster mother was very upset and wanted to throw the girl out, but after begging her and promising never to make the same mistake again, she agreed to let her stay.
After a while, the foster mother goes on a trip again and once more the girl gives in to her curiosity and opens the second room and this time the moon runs away. Again the foster mother forgives her, again she leaves and again the girl opens the last room, causing the sun to flee. This time the foster mother kicks her out and punishes her: she will become the most beautiful woman, but she will not be able to speak. And the girl wanders off into the woods, where she is soon found by a prince who falls in love with her and makes her his queen. All is well and she soon gives him a child, but while she is sleeping, the adoptive mother arrives and she takes the child with her as a reparation for the star. When the second child is born, she comes again and takes the child in reparation for the moon. Then the queen gives birth to a third child, who is also taken in reparation for the sun.
Accused of these disappearances, the queen must be executed. But just as this was about to happen, the Virgin Mary arrives with the three children. Now that the queen has been as afflicted as the foster mother, she can get her children and her voice back.