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JMBarrie / William Nicholson and R.C. Sherriff
« on: April 17, 2021, 03:45:41 PM »
Andrew has added in the database the excerpt from Marguerite Steen's biography of William Nicholson relating his meeting with JMB who commissioned him to design the scenery and costumes for the first production of Peter Pan - a great read, about their meeting, how Nicholson went about to design the intricate scenery and costumes and… what Barrie thought about Brussels sprouts.

I have also now added the chapter from R C Sherriff's autobiography (No Leading Lady about his own meeting with JMB in his Adelphi Terrace flat. It's quite poignant, but also funny, particularly the story of the chocolate cake...

Search for "William Nicholson" and "R.C. Sherriff" in the database.
This is a tiny edition (12x14 cm) of the story of Peter Pan for little children, charmingly illustrated by Kathleen Atkins, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1930. It is of course very much abridged, but retains its essence and magic. The complete book has been uploaded on the database - search for Kathleen Atkins.
Peter Pan / Peter & Wendy illustrated by Edmund Blampied (1939)
« on: March 14, 2021, 02:09:14 PM »
I've now uploaded the illustrations from Edmund Blampied's edition of Peter & Wendy., another favourite.

Edmund Blampied (1886-1966) was an eminent artist from Jersey. He was noted for his etchings published at the height of the print boom in the 1920s , but was also a lithographer, caricaturist, book illustrator and artist in oils, watercolours and silhouettes.

The Blampied Edition of Peter and Wendy was published in 1939 by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Scribners in the US. It is illustrated with both black line drawings and beautiful watercolours. The British edition is lavish, and features tipped in colour plates, unlike the US edition in which the colour illustrations are printed on the page (and is a smaller format). Although it is considered one of the finest illustrated editions, it has (surprisingly) never been reprinted.
Peter Pan / Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Gwynedd M. Hudson (1931)
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:39:36 AM »
I have now uploaded the illustrations from one of my favourite editions of Peter Pan: published in 1931 by Hodder & Stoughton, and illustrated by Gwynedd M. Hudson (ca. 1882-1935). The first edition had a dustjacket and red-orange cloth cover, and was later reprinted with a blue cloth cover for a cheaper, special Boots the Chemists edition (a circulating library run by the chain of pharmacies).

Gwynedd M. Hudson studied art at the Brighton School of Art. She was a figure painter, illustrator, and poster artist. Among other works, she also illustrated a lavish edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Her version of Peter Pan & Wendy is also lavish in an Art Deco style. The layout, typesetting and lettering are exquisite. Apart from the full page illustrations, she also hand-lettered the chapter titles and captions. The book is decorated with stunning chapter headings as well as endings, and a series of running vignettes depicting the procession of the lost boys pursued by the pirates and Hook, themselves pursued by the Indians, followed by various beasts and (of course) the crocodile.

Like F D Bedford, her inspiration came from the novel, not the stage production and Peter Pan is represented wearing a costume made of leaves, not the elaborate costume seen in Alice Woodward's or Flora White's illustrations.
Peter Pan / PETER PAN'S ABC illustrated by Flora White (1913)
« on: March 11, 2021, 04:57:41 PM »
I've uploaded the illustrations of Peter Pan's ABC, published in 1913, beautifully illustrated by Flora White.

Flora White (1878-1953) was an English artist who painted postcards featuring nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and also illustrated books, including Peter Pan's ABC, published by Hodder & Stoughton/Henry Frowde.

It is a somewhat quirky ABC, finding odd connections between the letter of the alphabet and characters or features from the story of Peter Pan. The illustrations however are lovely.
I have uploaded all the illustrations by Alice B Woodward from the Peter Pan Picture Book onto the database. She was a prominent English illustrator at the turn of the 20th Century, famous not only for her works of children literature (apart from Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Black Beauty and many others) but also her scientific illustrations. She died in 1951.

The text of the Peter Pan Picture Book was written by Daniel O'Connor, and is the same as the Peter Pan Keepsake. It Is significantly different from Barrie's own play and novel, as it is adapted from the original productions of the stage play, prior to Barrie's changes and additions. It was originally published by George Bell & Sons in 1907, with Barrie's permission.

The illustrations give an idea of the colours of the original costumes, notably Peter Pan's red outfit, before it became the green costume commonly associated nowadays with the character.
Peter Pan / Peter Pan Pageant (1928) - Liverpool
« on: February 11, 2021, 10:42:05 AM »
I have uploaded scans of the Peter Pan Pageant souvenir book on the database. Unfortunately, the images are lo-res but when I have the opportunity, I'll replace them with higher resolution. I've added the link to the Pathé News short film of the inauguration ceremony with Pauline Chase (brought back from retirement) in the title role.
General topic / Pet Cemetery
« on: January 11, 2021, 06:13:14 PM »
For anyone interested, I have uploaded some photos of the Pet Cemetery in Hyde Park (adjacent to Kensington Gardens), which is mentioned in THe Little White Bird as the "Dog's Cemetery" , which the narrator (Barrie) avoids because of Porthos, his St Bernard.

You can see some of the graves from Bayswater Road but it's not open to passing public, as it's part of Victoria Lodge. If you want to visit it properly, you have to arrange an appointment with the Park Rangers (who will expect a donation for the tour).
Peter Pan / New Peter Pan audio adaptation on BBC at Christmas
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:52:02 AM »
The BBC is broadcasting a brand new play adaptation of Peter Pan this Christmas Eve, starring Kenneth Branagh (as Hook), Olivia Colman, Sharon D. Clarke, Jane Horrocks, Jason Flemyng and many more. It will also be available for download on 20 December. All proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Not to be missed!
JMBarrie / Roses in December
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:52:57 PM »
For those of you interested, here is the full text of the poem by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy, Roses in December, quoted in JMB's St Andrew's address Courage (and often misattributed to Barrie).

God gave His children memory
That in life's garden there might be
June roses in December.
But sin the Father's goodness scorns,
And weaves of them a crown of thorns,
That wounds when they remember.
Sharp, stabbing points of vain regret
Around my soul forever set,
Turn June into December.
Ah, Christ, Who wore my crown of thorns,
Have mercy on the heart that mourns,
Forgive, when I remember.

For more information on its author, see his Wikipedia page
JMBarrie / Various locations
« on: August 20, 2019, 01:28:23 PM »
Apart from Leinster Corner, I have also added to the database photos of various locations linked with JMB: Lilibank and Strathview in Kirriemuir, Victoria Terrace in Dumfries, Limepots in Forfar, Cudlow House in Rustington.

Also uploaded are photos of Mary Ansell's house in Biarritz where she lived until her death, and pictures of her grave in Biarritz's cemetery.
JMBarrie / Leinster Corner
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
I have uploaded photos I took a few years ago of Leinster Corner, inside and out, with the then current owners' permission.

JMB and Mary Ansell moved to Leinster Corner, a now Grade II listed Regency semi-detached villa, in 1905 and lived there until their divorce in 1909. Mary Ansell had the walls of the rooms downstairs knocked down to create a large sitting room area, and installed a glass veranda overlooking the garden. The Art Nouveau fireplace came from Glasgow.

In the 1920s, the house was bought by Kathleen Bruce, widow of Captain Scott, and her second husband Edward Hilton Young (later Baron Kennet) and their descendants lived there until 2015, when it was sold after Lady Young's (Kathleen Young's daughter-in-law) death.  Peter Scott, the renowned ornithologist and conservationist, was brought up here. The house has since been refurbished and altered by the new owners.

Since the Young family no longer live there, I am able to share these photographs.

JMBarrie / Moat Brae, Dumfries
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:31:08 AM »
After years of fundraising and renovations, the beautiful Georgian house where Barrie played as a child is finally opening on 1st June 2019 as a Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling and a Barrie Museum. Its "enchanted garden" on the banks of the River Nith where, according to Barrie, Peter Pan was born, has been recreated as an adventure playground, complete with Pirate Ship, Mermaids' Lagoon, Wendy house, Tiger Lily's encampment, and lots more.

If you're travelling to Scotland this Summer, don't miss it!
JMBarrie / New production of Dear Brutus November 2017!
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:58:59 AM »
Southwark Theatre in London has just announced their new production of Dear Brutus, 29 November-30 December 2017.  From their website:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical."

More coverage about the announcement here:
JMBarrie / New J M Barrie Literary Society
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:07:16 AM »
A literary society dedicated to J M Barrie has been founded and will be launched officially on 9th of May, which is of course his birthday. See for more details.

Until now, there was no real Barrie Society so it's wonderful news. We hope many members will join and get involved, and that the society will flourish, both in the UK and internationally.

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