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After the Picnic. Elves and Friends tidying. Engraving c1915.

After the Picnic. Elves and Friends tidying. Engraving c1915.

by Stuart Hardy, Evelyn

Antique print of Elves and Insects Gathering Scraps after a Picnic on the grass among the Mushrooms.

Wood engraving by E. Stuart Hardy for The Book of Gnomes, written by Fred E. Weatherly; published by Ernest Nister in London c.1915 (first edition published in 1895). Evelyn Stuart Hardy was the artist name used by Beatrice Evelyn Elizabeth Hardy (1865-1935), who was born in Clifton, Bristol, to a family of artists.

Frederic Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) was a London-based barrister who worked the western circuit to Bristol. During WWI he also pleaded cases for military courts in the Salisbury Plain. Sometimes at night, between 2 appointments, or on the train between 2 trials, he wrote songs, poems and childrens stories - about 3,000 in all - of which about half were set to music and published. His best known lyrics were for the well-known song, Danny Boy and Roses of Picardy. 

E. Stuart Hardy's illustrations for The Book of Gnomes are some of the most delightful children's illustrations ever done. The addition of later hand-colour to this illustration makes it even more enjoyable.

To the border of the image measures 220 x 265mm (approximately 8 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches). This image is mounted between conservation ragmat boards and covered with cellophane for presentation and protection until framed. External measurement for window of frame is 325 x 370mm (12 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches). (If you would prefer print only for $145, please request price reduction prior to payment.)


Stock Number: apchESHmPrice: $165.00