The Drop of Water, 1848 fairy story

The Drop of Water, 1848 fairy story

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Caption: The Drop of Water. 19th-century artwork of an old man using a loupe (hand lens) to obtain a magnified view of a drop of water. This artwork, by Edward Henry Wehnert (1813-1868), was drawn to illustrate the tale 'The Drop of Water' from 'Andersen's Tales for Children' (1861). The original tale, by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), was written in 1848. It tells how the old man (Kribble-Krabble) looked at the drop of water and saw how 'thousands of little creatures hopped and sprang and tugged at one another, and ate each other up.'

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