|Warriors from the Sky | Rodney Matthews | 1974|
|Aureola Rococo | Tunnel Elfs|
|Twelve Towers at Dawn | Rodney Matthews | 1975|
|Aureola Rococo | High Elfs | Undercoated | Ms. Delaney King|
|Aureola Rococo | High Elfs|
|The Court of the Crimson King | Mr. Springfield|
|Rodney Mathews | People of the Pines | 1977|
|Aureola Rococo | High Elf Cavalry|
The stylised alien horses are one of the more striking of the direct resemblances between the art and sculpt.
|Rodney Mathews | Dragonlord (1976)|
|Aureola Rococo | Large Dragons with Elvin Dragon Masters|
|Aureola Rococo || Large Dragons | Mr. Goblin Lee|
|Citadel Miniatures Eternal Champion Box Set | via|
The Aureola Rococo range also appears in the 1985 Minifigs Catalogue (via Henry's Wargaming) so undoubtedly they were in production, maybe earlier. Most likely they sculpted by Richard Higgs who ran Minifigs - and also did the Valley of the Four Winds range. More detailed photographs can be seen on the excellent Lost Minis Wiki.
Meanwhile the original moulds have been aquired by Cavalier / Matchlock minis and they are slowly getting all the old Minifigs back into production - so far from the Aureola Rococo range the Mounted Knights of the Silver Rose and Aureola Rococo and the Neaderthals but no Elfs. If they're dedicated to getting the whole lot into production including all the 15mm historicals it might take a while!
Matthews Elfin designs do have precedent in fairy illustrations, and we can trace many of the motifs to earlier works, not to deny him his stunning originality in style, but rather to draw his work, and that of Higgs into a wider traditional community of depictions of the little people.
|pine fairy | The Sun Egg | Elsa Berskow | 1932|
|People of the Pine | Hat | Ms. Anabel Sousa Moss|
|Cicely Mary Barker | 1923 (?)|
|Froud & Lee | Fairies | 1979 | N.B Freddy Mercury comment.|