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Davies Family / Re: Michael’s Major at Oxford?
« on: August 21, 2021, 12:42:47 PM »
Michael took Mods (or Moderations) in Latin and Greek, the first part of the Classics degree course known as Literae Humaniores (also known as Greats) and yes, he did seriously think of studying art in Paris instead of going to Oxford, but Barrie dissuaded him from taking that path. (Michael was again tempted the following year but changed his mind.)

By 'school', I assume you mean college/university years? Michael went to Oxford in January 1919. I think a Classics degree requires 4 years so by the time of his death in 1921, he had only done 2 years.
JMBarrie / Re: Letter to A.E. Housman
« on: August 11, 2021, 08:11:11 AM »
Hi Dani. Thanks for transcribing the letters between JMB and Housman - very funny! Also thanks for the other letters, all fascinating and a great contribution to this site.
Peter Pan / Re: Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy Casting Decisions
« on: August 08, 2021, 04:39:21 PM »
I agree we shouldn't judge the film before it comes out, but the changes Disney has brought in are jarring. But then, they've got form since the animated film already diverted from the original. For a start, the animated Hook and Mr Darling were already made to look very different. Then Curly became "Cubby" (is it still Cubby in the new film?) and they never had the key scene of "We believe in fairies". Still adding more lost boys and girls seems pointless. I'm also not entirely happy about being Lost Girls since, according to Peter Pan/Barrie, "girls are far too clever to fall out of their prams".
Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan Representation in London
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:20:58 PM »
The main problem with regard to Peter Pan merchandise, outside of Disney, is that there isn't just one representation of the characters. As it started as a play with different actors and costumes every few years, and the first illustrated edition coming out a few years later, there never was one depiction that made its mark (unlike say, Winnie the Pooh as illustrated by E H Shepard which established the characters from first day of publication). So the depictions changed over the years according to design and propriety trends - for instance, Peter's costume changed from the full red suit complete with jerkin, shirt, leggings to a green skimpy leafy costume, or a pseudo-Robin Hood attire.

There was some merchandise based on Frampton's statue in Kensington Gardens in the 1920s, but after the copyright went to GOSH, there wasn't so much as it wasn't a priority for them (especially after the hospital was incorporated into the NHS), apart from the Peter Pan League created in 1930 with a logo designed by EH Shepard himself. GOSH's hospital shop and mail order shop does offer some Peter Pan items but in a limited way. It is now complicated by the fact that Disney owns most of the trademarks in the characters, so other would-be merchandisers wouldn't be able to produce stuff based on a different design.

I have seen quite a few Disney things such as mugs, snow globes, etc on eBay but suspect there will be more Disney merchandise coming out when their new film is released.

Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan Representation in London
« on: July 26, 2021, 08:31:55 PM »
Yes, it's a great shame that neither Barrie nor Peter Pan have a museum in London! A few years ago, an attempt was made to create a museum dedicated to JMB in his house at 100 Bayswater Road (where he wrote the play) but there was not enough backing, financially or otherwise to make it happen. Great Ormond St Hospital doesn't have the resources to run a Peter Pan museum, as it's part of the NHS and the money wouldn't be allowed to go to such a project. They do however have a Peter Pan statue at their entrance, a Peter Pan Ward and a Tinker Bell play area.

Apart from that, the Victoria & Albert Museum have a Peter Pan display (featuring among other things the harness used to fly in the original productions) and the London Museum also has a window displaying Pauline Chase's Peter Pan costume in the 1907 production. There is also a Peter Pan Park in South East London, on the spot of the original Peter Pan playground created in the 1920s with Barrie's blessing.

Incidentally, Peter Pan no longer has a playground in Kensington Gardens as it was revamped and renamed Princess Diana Memorial Playground after her death.

Of course, if you go to Scotland, you will find Barrie's Birthplace in Kirriemuir, a museum dedicated to JMB and Peter Pan (with statue) and Moat Brae in Dumfries (which claims to be the birthplace of Peter Pan - among many other cities...).

Unfortunately, a Peter Pan gift shop would most probably be taken over by Disney merchandise...
That's lovely to hear! It's good to know he's not forgotten. Thanks for that.
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.
General topic / Re: Charlie Chaplin as Peter Pan
« on: March 02, 2021, 04:02:42 PM »
How wonderful your students can enjoy and appreciate Chaplin's film Modern Times. And they're right: he would have made a splendid Peter Pan in the film, and it's a great shame it never materialised. Betty Bronson was a lovely Peter in the silent movie, but it would have been nice to see it played by a boy for his first appearance on screen.

If you're interested, I have added on the database Charlie Chaplin's account of meeting JMB in 1921 and how he missed his opportunity (just search for "Charlie Chaplin meets JMB")

PS. I have also uploaded the complete film scenario which Barrie proposed for the silent film but in the end wasn't taken up by Paramount.
Peter Pan / Re: «Jas Hook at Eton» 1925 manuscript version vs 1927 speech
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:53:22 AM »
I'm a bit unclear about it as well. The headmaster obviously didn't take kindly to Hook forgiving him for landing him in trouble with the other boys - and commiserating about his eventual death - and felt it was patronising coming from a pupil, so punished him for that. A bit of Barrie's whimsy...
Peter Pan / Re: «Jas Hook at Eton» 1925 manuscript version vs 1927 speech
« on: February 20, 2021, 02:11:00 PM »
No worries, I won't do anything yet without the go-ahead. The copyright question is confusing for this piece,  since JM Barrie's works are in the public domain worldwide, except in the US for works published after 1923 which benefit from the Copyright Extension Term Act of 1988 (giving them an extended term of 95 years from year of publication). So, Captain Hook at Eton is public domain in the UK but as it was published in the 1930s, in the US it technically comes under the Extension Act regulations. However, as this piece is not the published piece but an earlier draft, I am not sure what would apply here...

I would suggest you request permission for posting them on this website as a useful tool for anyone interested in finding out more about Barrie and Peter Pan, on the understanding that proper credit would be given to them. The scans would be low resolution with a watermark, to avoid anyone just helping themselves for their own commercial purposes. Any requests for hi-res scans would be directed to the library.

Anyway, if the library says No, that's fine, we won't post anything but just redirect enquiries to them.
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