Playfulness In Storytelling and Art

Playfulness In Storytelling and Art

PLAYING ON SWINGS

Racey Helps (1913-1970), British children’s book author and illustrator. The Swing Postcard
Duane Bryers (1911 – 2012)
Mabel Lucie Attwell
‘The Swing’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1767)
The Ladies Home Journal Magazine June 1919
The Ladies Home Journal Magazine June 1919
Woodcut illustration from Robert Frost ‘New Hampshire’ 1923
Honor Charlotte Appleton (English, 1879-1951) from The Bower Book of Simple Poems for Boys and Girls edited by Letty and Ursula Littlewood, 1922
Playing in the Barn, Fanny Cory Cooney
Eric Drooker
Winslow Homer
Molly Brett (1902 – 1990)
William Stephen Coleman
Axel Hjalmar Ender (1853-1920)
1903 Harrison Fisher
Sergey Vladimirovich ALIMOV (1938-2019)
Marion Wildman Vanity Fair 1927
Pierre Probst (1913-2007)

PUTTING ON A SHOW

June page 2 from A Time to Keep, The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, published by Macmillan, New York, 1977
June page 2 from A Time to Keep, The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, published by Macmillan, New York, 1977
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
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
Frederick Daniel Hardy - The Volunteers
Frederick Daniel Hardy – The Volunteers
John Burr - Little Soldier
John Burr – Little Soldier

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

Marie-Madeleine Dauphin (Franc-Brossier) 1878-1942
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

Nikolaos Gyzis (Greek, 1842 - 1901)
Nikolaos Gyzis (Greek, 1842 – 1901)
Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever London Bridge game 1970
Marie-Madeleine Dauphin (Franc-Brossier) 1878-1942

FUN AT THE FAIR

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

TABLETOP GAMES

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHESS PLAYERS AND POKER PLAYERS

Chess players are strategic, constantly planning ahead and anticipating counter moves.

Poker players can still win with a weak hand so long as they raise the stakes.

Vladimir Putin is described as a poker player by the world’s top Russian chess player living in New York.

New Yorker magazine cover July 1973 Gerhard Richter
New Yorker magazine cover July 1973 Gerhard Richter
Sir William Orpen (Irish, 1878-1931) The Chess Players
Draughts illustration by Edmund Dulac
Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 – May 3, 1935) Checkers
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Brigitte Bryan 1969
Thomas Faed - A Game of Draughts
Thomas Faed – A Game of Draughts

SPORT

Our Jolly Holidays Put-together Book story by M. Helena Crofts pictures by Helen E. Ohrenschall 1928
Winslow Homer
Johan Mengels Culverhouse
Winslow Homer
Lady Cricketers – A Good Catch 1889
The English Lady Cricketers – Miss Stanley Batting
Marie-Madeleine Dauphin (Franc-Brossier) 1878-1942 badminton
Marie-Madeleine Dauphin (Franc-Brossier) 1878-1942 badminton
The Tabby-Fur Family written by Tracey May, illustrated by Hilda Boswell, published by R. A. Publishing Company, London, 1948

Honestly I’m not sure what’s going on here.

DIE WUNDERFAHRT (1929) Sándor Bortnyik
DIE WUNDERFAHRT (1929) Sándor Bortnyik
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

STRING GAMES (CAT’S CRADLE)

Kathleen Hale, Games for a wet camping holiday, ‘don’t touch the inside of the tent’ taken from her first Orlando title, A Camping Holiday 1938
Kathleen Hale, Games for a wet camping holiday, ‘don’t touch the inside of the tent’ taken from her first Orlando title, A Camping Holiday 1938

FOOD GAMES

Charles West Cope – Breakfast Time, Morning Games

HIDE AND SEEK

The Little People by Garth Williams (1912-1996) c1948 an unpublished illustration for Housekeeping Magazine
1952 Children’s Book Hide-Away Puppy Rand McNally
Edna Eicke
Marie-Madeleine FRENCH NOHAIN
HIDE AND SEEK PICTURES -1944 Samuel Lowe Busy Bee Book
Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack playing Hide and Seek
Coming Ready Or not by Lolita Séchan, Camille Jourdy

SKIPPING

Marie-Madeleine FRENCH NOHAIN skipping rope
Marie-Madeleine FRENCH NOHAIN skipping rope

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

Lemon girl young adult novella

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Those who tell the stories rule the world.

Native American Proverb