Archive for September, 2007

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Terror from the Deep

Posted in Adventure, Animals, Mystery, Nature on Saturday, 8 September 2007

Kraken (art, illustration, picture, artwork: Oliver Frey)


For centuries, sailors have told of the kraken, a giant octopus capable of capsizing a ship. Scientists doubt its existence — yet still the fear persists.

The artist is Oliver Frey.

Mermaids at play

Posted in Absurd on Friday, 7 September 2007

Mermaids at play (pictures, illustrations, art, artwork: Jesus Blasco)

A number of mermaids have cropped up in pictures entered for the Look and Learn art competition for August, subject ‘The sea’, which is closing today. Here are some playful mermaids painted by one our greatest nursery artists, Jesus Blasco.

Wives in the Crimean War

Posted in History on Friday, 7 September 2007

Wives in the Crimean War (illustration, picture, art, original artwork: C L Doughty)

Incredibly, in the Crimean War, a group of allied soldiers came across a picnic party perched on the hills above the scene of a forthcoming battle.

The artist is C L Doughty.

Launch of The Bumper Book of Look and Learn

Posted in Art, Literature on Thursday, 6 September 2007

Robin Hood (picture, illustration, art, image, original artwork: James E McConnell)

The Bumper Book of Look and Learn is published today. Although we say it ourselves, the book is quite fabulous. Please support Look and Learn by ordering a copy.

Harold Hare reading

Posted in Absurd on Thursday, 6 September 2007

Harold Hare (illustration, art, picture, original artwork: Hugh McNeill)

Here is a brilliant portrayal of Harold Hare reading a newspaper, carrot to hand. The artist is probably Hugh McNeill.


Posted in Architecture, Bible on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

City of Jericho (illustration, cut-out, artwork, art, picture)

Here is a splendid cut-out of the city of Jericho, prepared for The Bible Story, a short-lived companion publication to Look and Learn. The artist is unknown.

The Sunday “train-call”

Posted in Geography, History, Theatre on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Sunday train-call (illustration, art, picture, artwork: Ralph Bruce)

Nowadays (ie 1966), with only a handful of shows on tour at any given time, the Sunday “train-call” is a shadow of the theatrical institution it was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The railways carried hundreds of actors all over the country — previously they had travelled by stage coach or on foot. The artist is Ralph Bruce.

King Charles II hiding in the oak tree

Posted in History on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

King Charles II in the oak tree (illustration, picture, art: James E McConnell)

This small image is one of eight images that appeared on the cover of issue 209 of Look and Learn in 1966 as part of a quiz on famous escapes – an example of the extraordinary pains to which the magazine went to entertain and inform its readers. The artist is probably, though not certainly, James E McConnell. The original artwork is only about 3 inches square.

Bird flu

Posted in Absurd, Medicine on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Bird flu

With bird flu happily out of the news at the moment, here is an amusing picture from one of our nursery magazines. The artist is unknown.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Posted in Aerospace, Architecture, Technology on Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Dallas Forth Worth Airport (art, illustration, artwork, picture: Wilf Hardy)

This picture gives an artist’s impression of the new airport showing seven of the giant looped terminals. The artist is Wilf Hardy, and the illustration appeared in issue 623 of Look and Learn in December 1973.