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Rags Collection

"From Patchwork Quilts to Fairy Tales: The Tale of Rags" Step into a world where rags tell stories, where the humblest of fabrics hold secrets and memories

Background imageRags Collection: The mud-lark, 1861 (engraving)

The mud-lark, 1861 (engraving)
XJF2920754 The mud-lark, 1861 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Mud-Lark, after a daguerreotype by Richard Beard)

Background imageRags Collection: The Patchwork Quilt

The Patchwork Quilt
Artist: Calkin, Lance - Title: The Patchwork Quilt - Date: 1887 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 86.4 x 61

Background imageRags Collection: Fairy Tales of Winter - Cinderella by Pauline Baynes

Fairy Tales of Winter - Cinderella by Pauline Baynes
Cinderella by Pauline Baynes, one of four illustration of fairy tales which reflect each season. In this instance, Cinderella is transformed by her fairy godmother into a dazzling princess while her

Background imageRags Collection: London Rag & Bone Men

London Rag & Bone Men
A rag and bone horse and cart and other horse drawn vehicles, about to cross Tower Bridge, London, England

Background imageRags Collection: Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham
Ella, aka Cinderella, sitting in rags with a broom in her hand. Date: 1919

Background imageRags Collection: Valley Forge campfire, Revolutionary War

Valley Forge campfire, Revolutionary War
Dispirited American soldiers huddle around a campfire at Valley Forge. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRags Collection: Beerbohm Tree as Rip Van Winkle

Beerbohm Tree as Rip Van Winkle, based on the story by Washington Irving, probably at Her Majestys Theatre, London. circa 1900

Background imageRags Collection: London Slums, The Boys (b / w photo)

London Slums, The Boys (b / w photo)
XJF157130 London Slums, The Boys (b/w photo) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageRags Collection: The Modern Job! Or John Bull and his Comforts!, 1816

The Modern Job! Or John Bull and his Comforts!, 1816
The Modern Job! Or John Bull and his Comforts!, Pub. 1816 (hand coloured engraving)

Background imageRags Collection: Hungry Peter the pigs dinner party

Hungry Peter the pigs dinner party, with Tabitha the cat, Humpty and Dumpty the rabbits, two ducks (the Quacks), and two dogs (Rags and Forager) gathered round a long table. Date: 1914

Background imageRags Collection: A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)

A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas)
BAL99453 A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, 1670-80 (oil on canvas) by Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1618-82); 52x38.5 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageRags Collection: Waifs and Strays Society Advertisement

Waifs and Strays Society Advertisement
An appeal for funds by the Waifs and Strays Society featuring an illustration of two barefoot children in rags on a doorstep

Background imageRags Collection: EVRV2A-00022

EVRV2A-00022
George Washington marching the Continental Army to Valley Forge winter camp. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRags Collection: The Republican Hercules defending his Country, pub. 1797 (hand coloured engraving)

The Republican Hercules defending his Country, pub. 1797 (hand coloured engraving)
2966814 The Republican Hercules defending his Country, pub. 1797 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRags Collection: Horrors of the Irish Union: Botheration of Poor Pat, or A Whisper across the Channel

Horrors of the Irish Union: Botheration of Poor Pat, or A Whisper across the Channel
NCO191290 Horrors of the Irish Union: Botheration of Poor Pat, or A Whisper across the Channel, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1798 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imageRags Collection: The Children of the Poor (Les Enfants Pauvres) - The Ragged Babes That Weep, c1875. Artist: T Cobb

The Children of the Poor (Les Enfants Pauvres) - The Ragged Babes That Weep, c1875. Artist: T Cobb
The Children of the Poor (Les Enfants Pauvres) - The Ragged Babes That Weep, c1875. Miserable, ragged, undernourished children

Background imageRags Collection: The Prodigal Son, c. 1655 (oil on canvas)

The Prodigal Son, c. 1655 (oil on canvas)
450155 The Prodigal Son, c.1655 (oil on canvas) by Vois, Arie de (1631-80); 22.8x18.4 cm; The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK; eHolburne Museum; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageRags Collection: Love Conquered Fear, 1840

Love Conquered Fear, 1840. Michael Armstrong, adopted by a mill owner, embracing his brother Edward who is one of the ragged factory boys working amongst the spinning mules

Background imageRags Collection: Rip Van Winkle, 1923. Artist: Arthur Rackham

Rip Van Winkle, 1923. Artist: Arthur Rackham
Rip Van Winkle, 1923. Published in The Outline of Literature, by John Drinkwater, London, 1923

Background imageRags Collection: Winter at Valley Forge, Revolutionary War

Winter at Valley Forge, Revolutionary War
American troops huddle in the cold at Valley Forge during the American Revolution. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageRags Collection: Carrying rags to the paper mills, Amalfi, Italy

Carrying rags to the paper mills, Amalfi, Italy

Background imageRags Collection: Italy Amalfi - carrying rags to paper mills - pre-1900

Italy Amalfi - carrying rags to paper mills - pre-1900

Background imageRags Collection: London Docks loading a steam packet with rags

London Docks loading a steam packet with rags Victorian period

Background imageRags Collection: Loading a steam packet with rags, London docks

Loading a steam packet with rags, London docks

Background imageRags Collection: Hark, Hark! The Dogs Do Bark

Hark, Hark! The Dogs Do Bark
This illustration depicts the scene of an old English nursery rhyme, Hark hark, the dogs do bark, Beggars are coming to town, Some in jags, some in rags, And some in velvet gowns. Date: circa 1914

Background imageRags Collection: Japan - Old Clothes Dealer

Japan - Old Clothes Dealer
Old Clothes Dealer, Japan. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageRags Collection: Paper making from rags

Paper making from rags Date: 1874

Background imageRags Collection: L'Aumone d'un Mendiant (oil on canvas)

L'Aumone d'un Mendiant (oil on canvas)
476730 L'Aumone d'un Mendiant (oil on canvas) by Courbet, Gustave (1819-77); 210.9x175.3 cm; Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Scotland; © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Background imageRags Collection: The Future, 1925 (oil on canvas)

The Future, 1925 (oil on canvas)
5951403 The Future, 1925 (oil on canvas) by Green, Madeline Emily (1884-1947); 92x61.1 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageRags Collection: Manchester and Salford Children, 1861 (oil on canvas)

Manchester and Salford Children, 1861 (oil on canvas)
MAN277402 Manchester and Salford Children, 1861 (oil on canvas) by Armstrong, Thomas (1835-1911); 76x61.6 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageRags Collection: Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas)

Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas)
3956686 Cinderella, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Prinsep, Valentine Cameron (1838-1904); 149.6x113.1 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: A scene from the fairy tale of Cinderella)

Background imageRags Collection: Enlisting Natives on the Island of La Reunion, from Le Petit Journal

Enlisting Natives on the Island of La Reunion, from Le Petit Journal, 10th February 1895 (coloured engraving)
XIR103464 Enlisting Natives on the Island of La Reunion, from Le Petit Journal, 10th February 1895 (coloured engraving) by Tofani

Background imageRags Collection: Beggars and Street Characters, 1516 (handscroll, ink and light colour on paper) (detail)

Beggars and Street Characters, 1516 (handscroll, ink and light colour on paper) (detail)
3935967 Beggars and Street Characters, 1516 (handscroll, ink and light colour on paper) (detail) by Zhou Chen (16th century); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageRags Collection: Young man standing dressed in rags, ca. 1860-70. Creator: Mariano Jose Maria Bernardo Fortuny y

Young man standing dressed in rags, ca. 1860-70. Creator: Mariano Jose Maria Bernardo Fortuny y Carbo
Young man standing dressed in rags, ca. 1860-70

Background imageRags Collection: La Bonnet Rouge or John Bull evading the Hat Tax, pub. 1797 (handn coloured engraving)

La Bonnet Rouge or John Bull evading the Hat Tax, pub. 1797 (handn coloured engraving)
2966816 La Bonnet Rouge or John Bull evading the Hat Tax, pub. 1797 (handn coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRags Collection: The Real Sufferers by the Money Pressure, a Sketch from Life in the Factory Districts (engraving)

The Real Sufferers by the Money Pressure, a Sketch from Life in the Factory Districts (engraving)
1594550 The Real Sufferers by the Money Pressure, a Sketch from Life in the Factory Districts (engraving) by English School

Background imageRags Collection: The Starving, 1886 (oil on canvas)

The Starving, 1886 (oil on canvas)
ALG329491 The Starving, 1886 (oil on canvas) by Geoffroy, Henri Jules Jean (1853-1924); Museo Civico Revoltella, Trieste, Italy; (add.info.: Les Affames; )

Background imageRags Collection: The world and what it fears

The world and what it fears
909060 The world and what it fears by Fortescue-Brickdale, Eleanor (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Pippa Passes and Men and Women published by Chatto & Windus 1908)

Background imageRags Collection: King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, 1909 (pen & ink on paper)

King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, 1909 (pen & ink on paper)
Ma388920 King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, 1909 (pen & ink on paper) by Fortescue-Brickdale, Eleanor (1871-1945); 35.1x26.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRags Collection: Other Parisian Children (colour litho)

Other Parisian Children (colour litho)
5992562 Other Parisian Children (colour litho) by Fricero, Catherine Josephine Marie (1878-1923); Private Collection; (add.info.: Other Parisian Children)

Background imageRags Collection: B for Beggar, illustration from An Alphabet, published by William Heinemann

B for Beggar, illustration from An Alphabet, published by William Heinemann, 1898 (hand-coloured woodcut)
ELB109824 B for Beggar, illustration from An Alphabet, published by William Heinemann, 1898 (hand-coloured woodcut) by Nicholson, William (1872-1949); Private Collection; © Desmond Banks

Background imageRags Collection: Gavroche, 19th Century (b / w engraving)

Gavroche, 19th Century (b / w engraving)
909621 Gavroche, 19th Century (b/w engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: Published in Cent dessins)

Background imageRags Collection: Employment, 1870 / 91. Creator: Charles Samuel Keene

Employment, 1870 / 91. Creator: Charles Samuel Keene
Employment, 1870/91

Background imageRags Collection: The Sleeping Rag Vendor, 1901. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

The Sleeping Rag Vendor, 1901. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan
The Sleeping Rag Vendor, 1901



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"From Patchwork Quilts to Fairy Tales: The Tale of Rags" Step into a world where rags tell stories, where the humblest of fabrics hold secrets and memories. In "The Patchwork Quilt, " each rag represents a cherished moment, woven together with love and care. In "Fairy Tales of Winter - Cinderella, " rags take on a magical role as they transform into the iconic ball gown that captures hearts. Pauline Baynes' illustrations bring this enchanting tale to life, reminding us that even in our lowest moments, dreams can come true. But not all they can destined for fairy tales. Enter the London Rag & Bone Men, who scoured the streets for discarded treasures amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. Their carts filled with tattered remnants became symbols of resilience and resourcefulness. Arthur Rackham's depiction of Cinderella shows her in her ragged attire before her transformation – a reminder that beauty can emerge from even the most threadbare beginnings. And just like Beerbohm Tree as Rip Van Winkle, we sometimes find ourselves lost in time until fate intervenes. Venturing deeper into London's slums reveals another side to rags – captured in haunting black-and-white photographs like "The Boys. " These images expose the harsh reality faced by those living on society's fringes but also highlight their strength and camaraderie. Meanwhile, Peter's dinner party reminds us that even pigs appreciate a good feast made from scraps. Hungry or not, it is through sharing what little we have that we find joy and connection. In contrast to these scenes lies "A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill, " an oil painting from centuries ago depicting simplicity amidst hardship. This young boy finds solace leaning against his window sill while surrounded by poverty-stricken surroundings – proof that hope can bloom amid adversity.