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Archive for June, 2007

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Music of Robert Schumann

Posted in Music on Monday, 25 June 2007

Clara and Robert Schumann (illustration, picture: Roger Payne)

The concert audience cheered and applauded the young girl, Clara, who had performed so brilliantly on the piano. But the composer of the music she had just performed – Robert Schumann – sat alone and unrecognised at the back of the room.

Murder of King Agamemnon

Posted in History, Legend on Sunday, 24 June 2007

Murder of Agamemnon (illustration, picture: Roger Payne)

Murder of King Agamemnon, by his faithless wife Clytemnestra. Another fine classical illustration by Roger Payne.

Oedipus encountering the Sphinx

Posted in History, Legend on Saturday, 23 June 2007

Oedipus and the Sphinx (illustration, picture: Roger Payne)

Our picture shows Oedipus encountering the Sphinx, a creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion, which was in the habit of posing a riddle to travellers, then devouring them when they could not answer. “What has one voice, and walks on four feet, then on two feet, and lastly on three?” she asked. When Oedipus gave the correct answer – man – the Sphinx killed herself, and the grateful Thebans made Oedipus king as a reward.

Another fine illustration by Roger Payne, who developed a specialty for classical scenes for Look and Learn.

The story of Paris

Posted in Geography, History on Friday, 22 June 2007

Paris (illustration, picture: Roger Payne)

A fine cover illustration by Roger Payne. For more examples of Payne’s work, click here.

Black Beauty

Posted in Adventure, Animals, Literature on Thursday, 21 June 2007

Black Beauty (illustration, picture)

As they drive through the storm-swept countryside a great tree came crashing down in their path. But this was not the greatest peril during the faithful years of Black Beauty. This is an illustration for the famous novel by Anna Sewell.

Charging Indians on horseback

Posted in Adventure, History, Illustrators on Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Charging Indians on Horseback (illustration, picture: D C Eyles)

The artwork for this wonderful illustration sadly was stolen when in transit to India about a year ago. If anyone ever sees it, please let us know! Fortunately, we have a excellent scan of it. For a few further examples of Eyles’ work, click here.

Crossing the Red Sea

Posted in Bible on Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Crossing the Red Sea (illustration, picture)

A stupendous Bible illustration by an unknown artist.

The tragic queen

Posted in History on Monday, 18 June 2007

Mary Queen of Scots (illustration, picture: James E McConnell)

That Mary Queen of Scots was endowed with the fine and noble qualities which might have made her one of Scotland’s greatest monarchs seems clear. Her tragedy was that, though such qualities might have served her well in another age, in the complex tangle of the 16th century they plunged her headlong into disaster. Before she was five, Mary was sent to France to escape marriage to Edward VI of England, and it was there that she received her upbringing and education. Married to the Dauphin in 1558, she became France’s Queen in 1559, and it even seemed for a while that Scotland might not see her again. But, on the death of her husband in the following year, she was thrown back into the arms of her mother country.

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Early car and man with a flag

Posted in History, Technology on Sunday, 17 June 2007

Early car with man with a flag (illustration, picture: Peter Jackson)

This entertaining picture of an early car, proceeded by a man with a flag, is by Peter Jackson, who produced innumerable illustrations for both Look and Learn and its junior version Treasure. So far our picture library contains over 900 examples of Peter Jackson’s work which you may view by clicking here.

Edward of Westminster

Posted in History on Sunday, 17 June 2007

Edward of Westminster (picture, illustration)

In the 15th century, three unhappy princes — each called Edward, and each of whom died young — were in turn Prince of Wales. It was a time of civil war, cruelty and unrest. None of them had the chance of a normal upbringing or a peaceful life. Edward of Westminster was born in 1453, son of the gentle Henry VI who had been king since he was nine months old, and of Margaret of Anjou, who was hated by the English because she had to be ruthless to fight her husband’s battles. At the time of Edward’s birth, his father was so horrified by the cut-throat politics of the times that he retreated from reality into madness. It was not until the prince was 15 months old that the king came to himself and noticed the baby who had already been created Prince of Wales by his mother and her advisers.

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