Josslyn and Idina Hay at Slains, their farm in Kenya
The Hon. Josslyn and Lady Idina Hay pictured at Slains, their 2000 acre farm in Gilgil, Kenya. Pictured from left are: The Hon. Josslyn Hay, Major Roberts, Major J. Grant, Lady Idina Hay, Mrs C. Birkbeck, the Princess Philippe de Bourbon, and the Hon. Mrs Grant. The farmhouse can be seen in the background. Five-times married Idina would gain notoriety as part of the Happy Valley Set when she moved to Kenya in 1924 with her third husband, Josslyn Hay, Earl of Errol. With her serial marriages and reputation for debauched decadence, she inspired the character of 'The Bolter' in Nancy Mitford's novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies and the character Iris Storm in The Green Hat by Michael Arlen. Date: 1926
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
'Little Tom Twig Bought a Fine Bow and Arrow' - Victorian nursery rhyme illustration
A naughty boy dressed in medieval attire has just bought himself a nice new bow and arrow but has committed the offence of shooting a sparrow dead. The miscreant has therefore earned the displeasure of a lady armed with a besom and a firm right hand with which she is propelling him by the ear to the scene of the crime.
“Little Tom Twig - Bought a fine bow and arrow - And what did he shoot? - Why a poor little sparrow - Oh fie little Tom! - With your fine bow and arrow - How cruel to shoot at - A poor little sparrow.”
From “Nursery Rhymes - Ridicula Rediviva” illustrated by J.E. Rogers, with chromolith printing by R. Clay Sons & Taylor and published in London in 1876 by Macmillan and Co.
Vintage Japanese Woodblock print of Children
'Toyohara Chikanobu (1838aa1912), was a prolific woodblock artist of Japan's Meiji period. His works capture the transition from the age of the Samurai to Meiji modernity and the artistic chaos of the Meiji period.This image dated 1892 an is number 4 in the series, Nijushi kou mitate eawase, (Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety) is a great example, the traditional Japanese governess is looking after three children, one of them quite plainly dressed in modern western clothing. The top part shows a traditional Japanese family.This print forms part of my Ephemera collection.'
© Bernard Allum