"Trolls and wizards, and fairie kings, birds that talk and fish that sing, And if your heart is true then you will find them too. In every wish, and dream, and happy home you will find the kingdom of the gnomes."
On this day in Dutch history On the 7th of August 1932, Rien Poortvliet was born. As the son of a plasterer and brought up in a very strict and religious family, it seemed unlikely that Poortvliet would ever become an artist as his parents didnt like the idea of him going to an Art Academy. (Photo above, a Gnome drawn by Rien Poortvliet, with description.)