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
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

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

SKATING

Konstantin Somov Winter. Skating Rink, 1915
Konstantin Somov Winter. Skating Rink, 1915
Charles Lees – Skaters, a Scene on Duddingston Loch
Skating on the Serpentine
Skating on the Serpentine
The Little Golden Funny Book, pictures by J.P.Miller, 1950
The Little Golden Funny Book, pictures by J.P.Miller, 1950

DANCING AND SINGING

TOYS OF YESTERYEAR

Ayton, Robert, The Ladybird Book of TOYS AND GAMES TO MAKE by James Webster, 1966
Ayton, Robert, The Ladybird Book of TOYS AND GAMES TO MAKE by James Webster, 1966

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)

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