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It’s behind you! Week Four: Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

The last of my festive posts about stories that have been turned into pantomimes. I remember going to see Peter Pan when I was a child. I think Anita Harris played Peter.

Peter Pan the character first appeared in The Little White Bird, a novel by JM Barrie published in 1902. Peter was a baby in this story, not the young boy of the later play.

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

Peter Pan

From The Little White Bird
Illustrated by Jean Winslow

The story we all think of as ‘Peter Pan’ was first a 1904 stage play called Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The story was then expanded into the 1911 novel Peter Pan and Wendy.

The following two illustrations are from my copy of The Story of Peter Pan retold by Daniel O’Connor from the Fairy Play by Sir JM Barrie published in 1917 by G Bell and Sons. The book was given to my nana in 1922 and she gave it to me when I was a baby. Sadly the book was slightly damaged in a water escape a few years ago.

Here’s Peter and Wendy

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

The children meet the mermaids

Peter Pan

Illustrated by Alice B Woodward

In 1953 the Disney version of Peter Pan was released. This really cemented the ‘look’ of Peter with his green tunic and tights, feathered cap and pixie features.

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

Peter Pan

Disney – pictures adapted by John Hench and al Dempster

And finally here are a couple of the glorious illustrations by Anne Grahame Johnstone for her 1988 version of Peter Pan and Wendy.

Tinker Bell illustration

Tinker Bell

Captain Hook illustration

Captain Hook

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It’s behind you! Week Three: Cinderella

The third in my series of stories that inspire pantomimes. This week we have Cinderella.

Cinderella enslaved by her wicked stepmother…

Cinderella images

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

You shall go to the ball…

Cinderella images

From a colouring book version published by Treasure Hour Children’s Books – Unknown illustrator

Cinderella images

Unknown illustrator from the Bridget Hadaway fairy tales book

Cinderella images

Unknown illustrator

Mystery princess dances with the Prince all night…

Cinderella images

Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

Cinderella images

By Gordon Laite

Cinderella

Disney illustrations adapted by Retta Scott Worcester

When the clock strikes midnight…

Cinderella images

By Gordon Laite

If the shoe fits…

Cinderella images

Disney illustrations adapted by Retta Scott Worcester

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It’s behind you! Week One: Aladdin

As it’s Christmas and panto season I thought this month I’d do a weekly post covering vintage illustrations for classic pantomime stories.

So first up – Aladdin.

Here’s Mickey Mouse as Aladdin on the cover of the 1974 Disney annual.

Disneyland Annual 1974

Disneyland Annual 1974

Illustration from Aladdin

From Tales of Long Ago by Enid Blyton Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

This book has no illustrator credits. It was first published by Octopus Books Ltd, 1974.

Aladdin from Fairy Tales Book

Cover of Fairy Tales retold by Bridget Hadaway

Aladdin illustration

Inside illustration from Fairy Tales retold by Bridget Hadaway

This is from the Children’s Treasury of Literature in Colour that I wrote about here

Aladdin Illustration

Illustration by Lowell Hess

And another from the Grahame Johnstone sisters.

Aladdin illustration

From Dean’s Gift Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

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The White Cat

image from The White Cat

The White Cat cover

Another book illustrated by the wonderful Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. This is a French fairy story by Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy written in 1682. Published by Dean 1972. This isn’t a story that appears in fairytale collections very often, let alone in a book to itself. It’s a classic enchanted-creature, dividing the kingdom tale, but in this story the enchanted creature is the princess and the prince is on the journey.

Three princes are sent on a quest to find the prettiest, tiniest dog for their father. The youngest prince gets lost in the forest and finds his way to a mysterious castle where the servants are strange disembodied hands. It turns out that the castle is the home of the Queen of Cats.

image from The White Cat

The prince meets the Queen of Cats

The Queen of Cats takes quite a fancy to the prince and he stays with her until it is time to return to his father. The Queen gives him a dog that fits inside a cob nut. Of course the King was a bit put out by this and sent his sons on another quest and so on and so on.

While the youngest prince is living with the Queen of Cats she treats him to entertainments, parties and feasts. She even has her own theatre – isn’t this great!

image from The White Cat

Cat theatre!

I won’t tell you the end of the story – but suffice to to say they lived happily ever after…

image from The White Cat

Watching the fireworks

The illustration is sumptuous and the costumes are authentic late-1600s. Costume was one of the Johnstone sisters’ great strengths and interests – especially Anne (I believe Janet focussed on animals).

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Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie – Illustrated by Anne Grahame Johnstone

Peter Pan Cover

Cover

A little while ago I found a version of Peter Pan and Wendy illustrated by Anne Grahame Johnstone and first published in 1988 by Award Publications Ltd. I am sort of collecting Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone books – picking them up whenever I see them. I particularly like their attention to period details (especially in the costumes). Many of their fairy story illustrations are beautiful – with their 17th and 18th Century style costumes.

But here’s Anne’s version of Peter Pan and Wendy (in equally lovely Edwardian and fantasy costume).

Peter Pan and Wendy, John and Michael fly to Neverland.

Flying to Neverland illustration

Flying to Neverland

Here’s Captain Hook.Isn’t he fabulous!

Captain Hook illustration

Captain Hook

Tinker Bell – very different to the Disney version.

Tinker Bell illustration

Tinker Bell

Wendy sews Peter’s shadow back on.

Illustration from Peter Pan

Sewing Peter’s shadow back on

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Hilda Boswell’s Treasury books

Front covers

Front covers

I haven’t posted for a while, so here’s two books. They are both Treasury books, by Hilda Boswell, published by Collins. On the left we have Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Fairy Tales, published in 1962, and on the right, Hilda Boswell’s Treasury of Poetry, first published in 1968, but this is the revised 1978 edition.

I was given the Treasury of Poetry as a Christmas present in the early 1970s. I adored it – I read it over and over again. So much so that when I finally got around to replacing it a few weeks ago, I could remember pretty much every word and illustration. Here’s a small selection:

Clouds and rainbows

Clouds and rainbows

I love the lighting around the children on the left.

Illustrations from Hilda Boswell treasury

Mermaids and fairies

Many of Hilda’s illustrations feature little fairy/insect/flower hybrid creatures.

First page of The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

First page of The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies is a traditional British folk song. There are several versions on Youtube including one by The Waterboys and a long entry about its history on Wikipedia.

Yesterday I came across The Treasury of Fairy Tales. I don’t remember having this book. It’s earlier, and you can see that her style is changing a bit and/or she’s using different media.

illustration from Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

Illustration from The Wild Swans

Illustration from The Wild Swans

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty image

Sleeping Beauty

I can’t find much about Hilda Boswell other than a short Wikipedia entry: She was born in London in 1903 and died in 1976. She is also mentioned in the Wikipedia entry about Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone. I’ve blogged about them before – and while their styles are different, they were working at more or less the same time and in the same genre. She is most known for illustrating Enid Blyton’s ‘Flower’ books in the 1940s and 1950s.

Back covers

Back covers

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More Alice in Wonderland illustrations

In honour of Lewis Carroll’s upcoming birthday on the 27th January (which I share) here are some more 20th-century Alice illustrations.

First up: Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone – published in 1973 by World Distributors.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

The caucus race

I love Alice’s striped stockings.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

The tea party

A red-haired hatter.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

The trial

A red squirrel juror.

And here is a thoroughly modern Alice: by Willy Pogány published by EP Dutton in 1929

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

The caucus race

This Alice has bobbed hair and short skirt.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

the tea party

Hare looks like he’s wearing a tank top under his jacket.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

the trial

This version is less dreamlike than others. She looks like she really has just kicked over a jury of animals.

 

Finally another version from 1929 by Charles Folkard. This really looks like inspiration for the Dancing Flatware scene in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to me.

Picture from Alice in Wonderland

Beautiful soup

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Books and their illustrators from my childhood number 2

Today’s book is Tales of Long Ago by Enid Blyton and illustrated by Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone (on title page as Johnstone). This book, published in 1965, was a great favourite of mine. As well as being interested in costume I was really into myths and legends. This book is half stories from Ancient Greece and half stories from the Arabian Nights.

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