Sunday, May 22, 2011

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan - 'Preposterous!' cried Solomon in a rage.19

"Preposterous!" cried Solomon in a rage.



Peter Pan - The Kensington Gardens are in London...2
The Kensington Gardens are in London..



Peter Pan - …they stand quite still pretending to be flowers… 25
…they stand quite still pretending to be flowers…



Peter Pan - The fairies are exquisite dancers. 26
The fairies are exquisite dancers.



Peter Pan - The fairies have their tiffs with the birds.12
The fairies have their tiffs with the birds.



Peter Pan - A chrysanthemum heard her...40
A chrysanthemum heard her..



Peter Pan - The Serpentine is a lovely lake... 7
The Serpentine is a lovely lake..



Peter Pan - They will certainly mischief you. 49
They will certainly mischief you.



Peter Pan - Old Mr. Salford was a crab-apple of an old gentleman... 10
Old Mr. Salford was a crab-apple of an old gentleman..



Peter Pan - They all tickled him on the shoulder.34
They all tickled him on the shoulder.



Peter Pan - When her Majesty wants to know the time. 29
When her Majesty wants to know the time.



Peter Pan - Put his strange case before old Solomon Caw. 15
Put his strange case before old Solomon Caw.



Peter Pan - If the bad ones among the fairies happen to be out...48
If the bad ones among the fairies happen to be out..



Peter Pan - When he heard Peter's voice...13
When he heard Peter's voice..


"Peter Pan first appeared in a section of 'The Little White Bird', a 1902 novel written by JM Barrie for adults.

The character's best-known adventure debuted on 27 December 1904, in the stage play 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'. The play was adapted and expanded somewhat as a novel, published in 1911 as 'Peter and Wendy' (later as 'Peter Pan and Wendy', and still later as simply 'Peter Pan').

Following the highly successful debut of the 1904 play, Barrie's publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, extracted chapters 13–18 of 'The Little White Bird' and republished them in 1906 under the title 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens', with the addition of illustrations by Arthur Rackham."

10 comments:

MrCachet said...

These are wonderful, and I've never seen Rackham in finer form.

Daniel Solis said...

And all available in high-res, apparently! Nicely done, Harvard. :D

peacay said...

Apparently, yes.
I guess, though, it depends on your definition of high-res. These are now, in my opinion, the best quality versions online of the illustrations from this book, but at full size there's some variation in quality between images and the book illustration printing 'dots' stand out, which is about the same quality I'd expect from my home scanner. So I think this set is best seen in the large size rather than the original format. [I'm not complaining; I understand why it's difficult to obtain exceptional quality: book pages, as opposed to original prints say, have their limitations]

Elmsley Rose said...

Dear Peakay,

If you remember me, I did do medieval calligraphy and illumination, then switched to historical embroidery when the pain from my illness got too much. We've exchanged a few mails over the years.....

I have a friend that is now in the same position as I was - only she's had to go from embroidery to making creatures out of clay. (easier on the hands). She's looking for designs. Copyright counts, coz she wants to sell them on Etsy, but most of your stuff is out of copyright anyway, isn't it?

I've recommended your blog - but is there any way she can find 'creatures', 'grotesques', 'monsters', even 'faeries' without scrolling through the whole lot? (Yes, I know there are some icons on the RH side).

peacay said...

Elmsley Rose, of course I remember you, hello!

I use 4 ways to find things, the first of which is probably least helpful..

1.Top left of the page: that search box is really best for esoteric words that you *know* only occur once or twice. If you look for "artist" or the like you'll get a page of actual posts 4 miles long.

2. Right down the bottom of the page you see all the delicious bookmark categories, for instance, monsters

3. I often search at delicious because I *try* to put a lot of keywords and illustrator names etc etc in the descriptions.

4. Near the top right, in the sidebar, is another search box : I use this the most because it doesn't matter how specific or general the search term, it will bring up a list of results (versus the actual posts that comes from search box top left).

seapenguin said...

Absolutely beautiful illustrations.

Gerhard said...

I can't believe blogs like this exist… the collections posted are… superb! I'm glad I've found you.

January Roads said...

It's been 30 years since I've read the book. But the drawings make Peter Pan, an old favorite, even more magical than I remember. Kudos!

Rebekah said...

your blog is magical. je t'adore

lotusgreen said...

So wondrous and dear.

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