In pictures: fairytales through history

From the magical to the macabre, fairytales have captivated children and adults alike for centuries. Here, we explore the history of fairytales in pictures…

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Illustration by Kate Greenaway, 1888. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

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Cinderella - illustration from the fairy tale of a Royal footman finding Cinderella's slipper. Modern version by Charles Perrault, French author, 12 January 1628 - 16 May 1703.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Illustration from Charles Perrault’s version of the fairytale ‘Cinderella’ depicting a royal footman finding Cinderella’s slipper. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

The Famous History of Tom Thumb'' Tom holds a candle so his mother can see to cook. Late eighteenth century woodcut. (Photo by, Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

‘The Famous History of Tom Thumb’. Tom holds a candle so his mother can see to cook. Late 18th-century woodcut. (Photo by, Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Beauty & the Best - Lion presents Princess with roses	Price	Margaret Evans		L	New York, New York	1910	Beauty & the Best - Lion presents Princess with roses

A page from ‘Once Upon A Time, A Book Of Old-Time Fairy Tales,’ by Katharine Lee Bates and illustrated by Margaret Evans Price, 1921. This page, from the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ shows the beast as he pleads with the beauty, who is seated at a dinner table. New research suggests the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale is 4,000 years old. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Aesop 's fables: The Fox and the Boar. Illustration after 1485 edition printed in Naples by German printers for Francesco del Tuppo. Reproduction. Aesop (Esop), Greek writer, c. 620-564 BCE.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Aesop’s Fables, ‘The Fox and the Boar’. Illustration after a 1485 edition printed in Naples by German printers for Francesco del Tuppo. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Brothers Grimm Children's  and Household Tales   published in 1812-15. Later known as  Grimm's fairy tales. Illustration for ' Rumpel-Stilts-Kin' Jacob Grimm born  1785-1863 and Wilhelm Grimm 1786-1859. Illustration by George Cruikshank  in  1868  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

‘Brothers Grimm Children’s and Household Tales’, later known as ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’. Illustration for ‘ Rumpel-Stilts-Kin’ by George Cruikshank in 1868. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack climbing the beanstalk towards the giant's castle. Figure with the broom is Jack's mother. Illustration from a children's picture book c1800. (Photo by, Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Illustration from a children’s picture book telling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, c1800. Jack is seen climbing the beanstalk towards the giant’s castle. The figure with the broom is Jack’s mother. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

AUSTRIA - JANUARY 01:  The Werewolf. Fairy-tale figure. Postcard by the Viennese Werkstaette, Number 497. Colour Lithographie by Josef von Diveky, 1911.  (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Der Werwolf. Maerchenfigur. Wiener Werkstaette-Postkarte No. 497. Farblithographie, 1911.]

‘The Werewolf’, a fairytale figure, 1911. By Hungarian artist Josef Diveky (1887–1951). (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

‘Pinocchio: the Tale of a Puppet’ by  C.Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini, 24 November 1826 – 26 October 1890), with coloured illustrations by Charles Folkard (6 April 1878- 26 February 1963), 1914. Cover illustration.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

‘Pinocchio: the Tale of a Puppet’’ by C Collodi with coloured illustrations by Charles Folkard, 1914. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Charles Perrault (1628-1703). French writer. Tom Thumb. Hop-o'-My-Thumb's ogre. Engraving by Gustave Dore (1832-1883), 1862. (Photo by PHAS/UIG via Getty Images)

French writer Charles Perrault’s ‘Hop-o’-My-Thumb’, one of eight fairytales published by Perrault in ‘Histoires ou Contes du temps passé’ (1697). Later engraving by Gustave Dore, 1862. (Photo by PHAS/UIG via Getty Images)

Charles Perrault 's, Little Red Riding Hood: Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf, engraving by Gustave Doré.  Little Red Riding Hood sits in the bed next to the wolf, disguised in her grandmother 's night-cap. Drawn by Gustave Doré, French artist, b January 6, 1832 – January 23, 1883. Engraved by Pannemaker. From Charles Perrault 's Les Contes de Perrault / Perrault 's Fairy Tales; CP: French writer, b January 12,1628 –  May 16, 1703.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Illustration by Gustave Dore taken from Charles Perrault’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Little Red Riding Hood sits in the bed next to the wolf, disguised in her grandmother’s night-cap. Taken from Perrault’s ‘Les Contes de Perrault’, c1860s. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

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