Rie Cramer (1887-1977) was a Dutch writer and illustrator of children's literature. She continued publishing and illustrating books throughout the 1930's and 1940's. She also created art pottery, worked for the stage, joined the dutch resistance during WW2 and wrote a radio play later on.
In 1930 Cramer illustrated Anthonie Donker's version of De rattenvanger van Hameln (The Pied Piper of Hamelin). In this legend, which dates back to the Middle Ages, the town of Hamelin hires a piper dressed in pied clothing to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay him for this service, he retaliates by using his instrument's magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats.
In the same year, she illustrated a calendar for ''De Haagsche Post''.
In 1931 and 1933 respectively, she illustrated A. A. Horsting-Herma's Verhalen uit Marokko (Stories from Morocco) and Russische Sprookjes (Russian Tales).
In 1932 came the new edition of Sprookjes van Andersen (Andersen's Tales) published by De Haan with a new set of illustrations by Cramer. Her illustrations for this edition appear more serious and robust that those from the 1915 edition. Most are also black & white.
In 1932 Cramer illustrated L. Carrol's Alice in Wonderland (Alice's avonturen in Wonderland).
Finally, in 1938-39, as the market demand for finely printed picture books is slowly dwindling, Cramer publishes a series of 12 books, each for every month of the year, called the Maandenboeken.
Cramer will keep illustrating children's picture books well into the 1950's, such as Katrientje (1940) and Prins Ronald (1955).
She will die in 1977 at the age of 90 in the Netherlands. Her work is still being re-printed.
Rie Cramer: the middle years