Depictions of Playfulness In Storytelling and Art

PLAYING ON SWINGS

PUTTING ON A SHOW

Czech illustrator Jiri Trnka (1912-1969) illustration for Andersen's Fairy Tales 1969
Czech illustrator Jiri Trnka (1912-1969) illustration for Andersen’s Fairy Tales 1969
Father Tuck's Puppet Show
Father Tuck’s Puppet Show
Charles Hunt - Children Acting the ‘Play Scene’ from “Hamlet,” Act II, Scene ii 1863
Charles Hunt – Children Acting the ‘Play Scene’ from “Hamlet,” Act II, Scene ii 1863
John Burr - Little Soldier
John Burr – Little Soldier

FLYING A KITE

From Lucy and Tom From A to X K is for Kites by Shirley Hughes
From Lucy and Tom From A to X K is for Kites by Shirley Hughes
From Lucy and Tom From A to X K is for Kites by Shirley Hughes
From Lucy and Tom From A to X K is for Kites by Shirley Hughes
Kite flying by Shirley Hughes
Kite flying by Shirley Hughes

PARTY GAMES

William Heath Robinson (English,1872-1944) - The Egg and Spoon Race
William Heath Robinson (English,1872-1944) – The Egg and Spoon Race

PLAYING AT THE SEASIDE

Postcard by Muriel Dawson (1897-1974)
Postcard by Muriel Dawson (1897-1974)

PLAYING GROWN-UPS

Eastman Johnson - The Old Stage Coach
Eastman Johnson – The Old Stage Coach
Frederick Brown - Candidates for Girton 1884 play
Frederick Brown – Candidates for Girton 1884
Harry Brooker - Children at Play
Harry Brooker – Children at Play

DANCING AND SINGING

FUN AT THE FAIR

John L. Wimbush (1854 – 1914)
John L. Wimbush (1854 – 1914)

TABLETOP GAMES

New Yorker magazine cover July 1973 Gerhard Richter
New Yorker magazine cover July 1973 Gerhard Richter

SPORT

Harry Brooker - The Tug of War
Harry Brooker – The Tug of War
A Christmas Dance - The Lancers 1889
A Christmas Dance – The Lancers 1889
Members-of-a-Ladies-Hockey-Club-at-play
Members-of-a-Ladies-Hockey-Club-at-play

FOOD GAMES

Charles West Cope – Breakfast Time, Morning Games

HIDE AND SEEK

CARDS

Frederick Goodall - Old Maid
Frederick Goodall – Old Maid
Harry Brooker - A Critical Moment
Harry Brooker – A Critical Moment

Header illustration: Sports Day Illustration Racey Helps (1913-1970)