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Ballads Collection

Ballads have long been a cherished form of storytelling, weaving tales that resonate through the ages

Background imageBallads Collection: Ballad / Twa Corbies

Ballad / Twa Corbies
THE TWA CORBIES Two crows plan to dine on the body of a new-slain knight, then o er his white banes, when they are bare, the wind sall blaw for evermair. Date: traditional

Background imageBallads Collection: Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho)

Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho)
1730804 Front Cover of Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard) by Cecil Macklin 1911 (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); (add.info)

Background imageBallads Collection: The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (engraving)

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (engraving)
3655198 The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (engraving) by Ralston, William (1848-1911) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Pied Piper Of Hamelin)

Background imageBallads Collection: The Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot

The Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot
Colour illustration of the Lady of Shalott setting out on her boat for Camelot

Background imageBallads Collection: The Labours of Thor (engraving)

The Labours of Thor (engraving)
6021195 The Labours of Thor (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Labours of Thor)

Background imageBallads Collection: How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving)

How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving)
6021222 How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles (engraving) by Small, William (1843-1931) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBallads Collection: Over There, c.1770-1959 (print)

Over There, c.1770-1959 (print)
3672390 Over There, c.1770-1959 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: James Francis Driscoll collection of historical American sheet music)

Background imageBallads Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageBallads Collection: A school teacher. 1834 (engraving)

A school teacher. 1834 (engraving)
7147157 A school teacher. 1834 (engraving) by Crepon, L. (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A school teacher. Song by Pierre Jean de Beranger ( 1780-1857 ) Design by L

Background imageBallads Collection: Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print)

Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print)
3671835 Child of the West, A Highland Ballad, c.1770-1959 (print) by Hewitt, John Hill (1801-90); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageBallads Collection: The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration)

The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration)
7485453 The Good Pope: Time, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: Le Bon Pape: Le Temps)

Background imageBallads Collection: Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte

Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte, c.1770-1959 (print)
3672031 Firth & Halls Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on One Piano Forte, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Hall & Pond (1833-1847); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageBallads Collection: From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting)

From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting)
7432284 From The Trinity Church, 1898 (painting) by Backer, Harriet (1845-1932); 1908 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Harriet Backer (1845-1932)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageBallads Collection: Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print)

Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print)
3673901 Fill up Your Stein, 1905 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: James Francis Driscoll collection of historical American sheet music)

Background imageBallads Collection: The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print)
3671819 The Dying Girl to her Lover! Fare thee well Love!, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Hall & Pond (1833-1847); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageBallads Collection: The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673329 The Sleepy Town Express, c.1770-1959 (print) by Leo Feist, Inc. (1897-1934); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info)

Background imageBallads Collection: The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration)

The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration)
7485443 The old bachelor, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: The old bachelor)

Background imageBallads Collection: Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)

Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)
7443877 Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper) by Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868-1928); Glasgow Museums, UK; (add.info.: PRINTS Scottish musical review Mackintosh)

Background imageBallads Collection: The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop

The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop
5313575 The whiskey war in Ohio. Women singing hymns at the door of a cabaretier to force him to close shop, 19th century (engraving) by American School

Background imageBallads Collection: Time, 1836 (illustration)

Time, 1836 (illustration)
7485448 Time, 1836 (illustration) by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-47); (add.info.: Le Temps: illustration by Grandville (Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard) (1803-1847)

Background imageBallads Collection: A holy man. 1866 (engraving)

A holy man. 1866 (engraving)
7147159 A holy man. 1866 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: A holy man. Song by Beranger, french poet ( 1780-01857 ) Design by E

Background imageBallads Collection: Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)

Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper)
7443876 Scottish Musical Review (planographic print, lithograph, paper) by Mackintosh, Charles Rennie (1868-1928); Glasgow Museums

Background imageBallads Collection: Keep Away From the Fellow Who Owns An Automobile, 1912 (print)

Keep Away From the Fellow Who Owns An Automobile, 1912 (print)
3672557 Keep Away From the Fellow Who Owns An Automobile, 1912 (print) by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co. (early 20th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageBallads Collection: The Dublin Smugglers, 1808 (hand-coloured engraving)

The Dublin Smugglers, 1808 (hand-coloured engraving)
2562204 The Dublin Smugglers, 1808 (hand-coloured engraving) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBallads Collection: BALLAD / CLERK COLVILL

BALLAD / CLERK COLVILL
CLERK COLVILL He sees a mermaid bathing in the Wells of Slane, and falls instantly in love with her... but her love is fatal, and he returns home only to die. Date: traditional

Background imageBallads Collection: BALLAD / THE GARDENER

BALLAD / THE GARDENER
THE GARDENER The gardener offers the maiden his flowers, but includes a weed, so she rejects him and foretells his death - the new fallen snow to be your smock Date: traditional

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3672029

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3673713

Background imageBallads Collection: 3671972

3671972

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3671804

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3671999

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3671797

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3673953

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3671842

Background imageBallads Collection: 'Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the Sabre-Stroke Shatter'd and Sunder'd' (colour litho)

"Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the Sabre-Stroke Shatter'd and Sunder'd" (colour litho)
3105244 "Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the Sabre-Stroke Shatter'd and Sunder'd" (colour litho) by Tennant, C

Background imageBallads Collection: 'Bless the Glorious Memory of King William that Crossed the Boyne Water' (colour litho)

"Bless the Glorious Memory of King William that Crossed the Boyne Water" (colour litho)
3105245 "Bless the Glorious Memory of King William that Crossed the Boyne Water" (colour litho) by Tennant, C. Dudley (1867-1952); Private Collection; (add.info)

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7378206

Background imageBallads Collection: Title page. 1880 (engraving)

Title page. 1880 (engraving)
7312543 Title page. 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Title page. in "Songs and rounds from childhood)

Background imageBallads Collection: He gladly follows the course of his beautiful destinies. (verses 13 and 14), 1880 (engraving)

He gladly follows the course of his beautiful destinies. (verses 13 and 14), 1880 (engraving)
7312540 He gladly follows the course of his beautiful destinies. (verses 13 and 14), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: Malbrough for our defeats was sung like that. (verse 7), 1880 (engraving)

Malbrough for our defeats was sung like that. (verse 7), 1880 (engraving)
7312530 Malbrough for our defeats was sung like that. (verse 7), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: Madame sees her page, all in black. (verse 3), 1880 (engraving)

Madame sees her page, all in black. (verse 3), 1880 (engraving)
7312526 Madame sees her page, all in black. (verse 3), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Madame sees her page, all in black)

Background imageBallads Collection: Malbrough is going to war. (verse 1), 1880 (engraving)

Malbrough is going to war. (verse 1), 1880 (engraving)
7312523 Malbrough is going to war. (verse 1), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Malbrough is going to war)

Background imageBallads Collection: Dagobert is seven years old, he is teething. Later, thanks to Saint Eloi

Dagobert is seven years old, he is teething. Later, thanks to Saint Eloi, he would do his job as king very well
7312520 Dagobert is seven years old, he is teething. Later, thanks to Saint Eloi, he would do his job as king very well. (verse 7), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: Dagobert puts his panties on backwards. Saint Eloi tells him that his panties are bad

Dagobert puts his panties on backwards. Saint Eloi tells him that his panties are bad. (verse 1), 1880 (engraving)
7312513 Dagobert puts his panties on backwards. Saint Eloi tells him that his panties are bad. (verse 1), 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: Couples 1 to 3, 1880 (engraving)

Couples 1 to 3, 1880 (engraving)
7312512 Couples 1 to 3, 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18, 5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Couplets 1 to 3 in "Songs and rounds from childhood)

Background imageBallads Collection: A blacksmith shapes a crown for the young King Dagobert, 1880 (engraving)

A blacksmith shapes a crown for the young King Dagobert, 1880 (engraving)
7312511 A blacksmith shapes a crown for the young King Dagobert, 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: The Duke puts himself at the head of his guards and walks against the Tower. 1880 (engraving)

The Duke puts himself at the head of his guards and walks against the Tower. 1880 (engraving)
7312509 The Duke puts himself at the head of his guards and walks against the Tower. 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18

Background imageBallads Collection: Three scenes from 'The tower, take care' with the lyrics. 1880 (engraving)

Three scenes from "The tower, take care" with the lyrics. 1880 (engraving)
7312502 Three scenes from "The tower, take care" with the lyrics. 1880 (engraving) by Froelich, Lorentz (1820-1908); 27, 5x18



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Ballads have long been a cherished form of storytelling, weaving tales that resonate through the ages. From the haunting melodies of "Twa Corbies" to the enchanting journey of "The Lady of Shalott" as she sets out on her boat for Camelot, these ballads transport us to worlds both real and imagined. In an engraving titled "How Lady Blanche Arundel Held Wardour for King Charles, " we witness a moment frozen in time, capturing the bravery and loyalty depicted in this ballad. The image evokes emotions that words alone cannot convey. Another captivating ballad is "Clerk Colvill, " which recounts a tragic love story filled with heartbreak and sacrifice. It reminds us that even amidst turmoil, love can endure against all odds. "The Gardener" is yet another ballad that captivates our imagination, painting vivid scenes of nature's beauty intertwined with human emotions. It serves as a reminder of our connection to the earth and its ability to heal our souls. A hand-coloured engraving titled "The Dublin Smugglers, 1808" brings forth images from a different era—a testament to how ballads capture historical events and preserve them for generations to come. This particular piece transports us back in time, allowing us glimpses into clandestine activities shrouded in mystery. These various depictions highlight the power of ballads—how they transcend time and space while resonating with universal themes such as love, loss, bravery, and adventure. They remind us why these narratives continue to hold sway over our hearts centuries later. Whether it be through music or poetry engraved upon paper like item numbers 3672029 or 3673713 or captured within an illustration like items 3671972 or 3671804—the essence remains unchanged: they can timeless treasures that bridge gaps between cultures and eras alike.