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Background imageFolk Collection: Gypsy Caravans

Gypsy Caravans
A group of travellers and their horse-drawn caravans/wagons. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageFolk Collection: Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring

Fairies dance in a circle - Fairy Ring
He whistled to the merry elves, Were leaping in a ring

Background imageFolk Collection: Nasreddin - Seljuq satirist

Nasreddin - Seljuq satirist
Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Mullah Nasreddin Hooja or Mullah Nasruddin (1208-1284) was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskisehir Province, Turkey

Background imageFolk Collection: Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players

Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players
Traditional Sri Lankna drums and drummers. The standing player is holding a hill country drum called the Geta Beraya (a drum with a knot)

Background imageFolk Collection: Gypsies and their caravans

Gypsies and their caravans Date: 1910s

Background imageFolk Collection: Judi Trott as Maid Marion

Judi Trott as Maid Marion
The actress Judi Trott (b 1962) as Maid Marion in the popular 1980s television series Robin of Sherwood (1984-86)

Background imageFolk Collection: Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries

Autumnal Scene with Fairy & Blackberries
An autumnal folklore scene with a fairy, dressed in blue, sat amid the visible roots of a silver birch tree, holding a delicious-looking blackberry

Background imageFolk Collection: Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love

Swan Lake ballet, Siegfried and Odette fall in love
Siegfried and Odette fall in love while the little swans dance. Because of an evil spell, they are swans by day, and only resume human shape at midnight

Background imageFolk Collection: Portuguese Dance - O-Vira

Portuguese Dance - O-Vira
O-Vira - a traditional Potuguese dance (translates as The Turn ), also popular in former Portuguese territories in South America

Background imageFolk Collection: A Madame Yevonde portrait of Baba Beaton

A Madame Yevonde portrait of Baba Beaton
Miss Baba Beaton is the younger of the two beautiful and attractive Beaton girls. They are among the most popular of the blonde ex-debs, and no party is complete without them

Background imageFolk Collection: Witches Call Monsters

Witches Call Monsters
Scandinavian witches call up monsters while decent folk lie asleep

Background imageFolk Collection: Mustard Poster

Mustard Poster
Poster for La Moutarde Pikarome, which promises to bring you old folk the appetite of your youth

Background imageFolk Collection: Politics / Colonialism

Politics / Colonialism
In JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, the natives, however elegantly dressed and well-behaved, must walk in the roadway, leaving the sidewalks for the white folk (picture 2 of 2)

Background imageFolk Collection: Norwegian Nisse Fiddles

Norwegian Nisse Fiddles
A Norwegian nisse fiddles while pigs dance

Background imageFolk Collection: Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean

Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean. English folk or fairy tale that appeared in this form in 1734, and later became Jack and the Beanstalk. Date: Late 18th Century

Background imageFolk Collection: Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett
David Crockett (1786 - 1836) - celebrated 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; referred to in popular culture as Davy Crockett

Background imageFolk Collection: Romanian Women - Traditional costume

Romanian Women - Traditional costume
A pair of Romanian women, in traditional National costume. A particularly fine example of the highly-decorative embroidery emplyed to decorate the skirts

Background imageFolk Collection: Ballet Russses / Cover

Ballet Russses / Cover
Cover programme design for Col de. Basils Ballet Russes, at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, for June-September 1936

Background imageFolk Collection: Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker

Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker
An Irish Leprechaun, or Fairy Shoemaker, working on a pile of shoes

Background imageFolk Collection: The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin

The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin. " An enormous foam globe, on which reclined the little old gentleman." Date: First published: 1851

Background imageFolk Collection: No Gypsies on Epson Downs 1929

No Gypsies on Epson Downs 1929
Romany Folk whose presence was forbidden on Epom Downs even on Derby Day. A group of gipsy women and children peg-making Date: 1929

Background imageFolk Collection: The Vision of Piers the Ploughman

The Vision of Piers the Ploughman
Langland dreamed a wondrous dream. William Langland, in his 14th century poem, Piers Ploughman, falls asleep upon the Malvern Hills and dreams a dream in which he sees a fair field full of folk

Background imageFolk Collection: Gremlin and Pilot

Gremlin and Pilot
A Gremlin tries to fog the aircrafts windscreen with his breath, but the pilot foils him by chewing a carrot to improve his sight

Background imageFolk Collection: Minehead Hobby Horse

Minehead Hobby Horse
MINEHEAD HOBBY HORSE Seen here at the opening procession of Sidmouth Folk Week. The horse is made from painted hessian, cloth strips & has a painted mask face

Background imageFolk Collection: Maypole dancing Blists Hill, Shropshire -1

Maypole dancing Blists Hill, Shropshire -1
Children in traditional costumes celebrate May Day as they dance around the Maypole at Blists Hill, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England Date: 1990

Background imageFolk Collection: Michael Chapman, folk and rock performer

Michael Chapman, folk and rock performer

Background imageFolk Collection: Moonlight by Frank Rogers

Moonlight by Frank Rogers
A young girl kneels as a group of elves, pixies, fairies and imps dance in a circle around her. Date: 1920s

Background imageFolk Collection: Georgian country folk with musical instruments

Georgian country folk with musical instruments
Georgia - Georgian country folk with musical instruments including a boy with a thin drum and a woman holding a stringed instrument, similar to a lute

Background imageFolk Collection: Morris Dancers on a floating platform, Stratford

Morris Dancers on a floating platform, Stratford
A group of Morris Dancers, male and female, dancing on a floating platform on a river while a violinist provides the musical accompaniment

Background imageFolk Collection: A Madame Yevonde portrait of Lady Daphne Finch-Hatton

A Madame Yevonde portrait of Lady Daphne Finch-Hatton
Lady Daphne Finch-Hatton was the eldest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Winchilsea and Nottingham. The photograph shows her in a serious mood, with Whisky

Background imageFolk Collection: Stories for Tiny Folk

Stories for Tiny Folk
A selection of spines in bold primary colours taken from the 1920s series of Stories for Little Folk books

Background imageFolk Collection: Chinese paper cuts, or Jianzhi

Chinese paper cuts, or Jianzhi, a folk art dating back many centuries. Seen here is a colourful landscape with trees, mountains, a temple, and a bridge across a river. Date: late 19th century

Background imageFolk Collection: Entrance and Exit to the Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland

Entrance and Exit to the Gotthard Tunnel, Switzerland
Alpine Mountain folk from Unterwalden (Sylvania) - the old name of a forest-canton of the Old Swiss Confederacy in central Switzerland, south of Lake Lucerne. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFolk Collection: Fox Meet in Street Aldin

Fox Meet in Street Aldin
All involved in the fox hunt make their way along the street, while a mongrel dog and lesser folk are passed by

Background imageFolk Collection: Spire at Chichester

Spire at Chichester
The good folk of Chichester, West Sussex, gather to watch the spire of their cathedral getting capped

Background imageFolk Collection: Celebrating Bacchus

Celebrating Bacchus
Country folk celebrate a festival in honour of the God of wine: Bacchus. (Greek: Dionysus)

Background imageFolk Collection: Airborne Musicians

Airborne Musicians
This band has taken to the skies in their airship - folk down below may take their efforts for the music of the spheres

Background imageFolk Collection: Man, woman and baby of Corea, Korea, 1818

Man, woman and baby of Corea, Korea, 1818. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Mary Anne Vennings A Geographical Present being Descriptions of the Principal Countries of the World, Darton

Background imageFolk Collection: Man and woman of China, 1818

Man and woman of China, 1818. Man with tobacco pipe, holding hands with a woman. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Mary Anne Vennings A Geographical Present being Descriptions of the Principal

Background imageFolk Collection: Cartoon, A Good Offer (Garibaldi and the Pope)

Cartoon, A Good Offer (Garibaldi and the Pope)
Cartoon, A Good Offer -- Take to this cap, Papa Pius. You will find it more comfortable than your own. Giuseppe Garibaldi offers Pope Pius IX a cap of Liberty to replace his triple crown

Background imageFolk Collection: Rowan or mountain ash tree, Sorbus aucuparia

Rowan or mountain ash tree, Sorbus aucuparia, Sorbier des oiseleurs. Handcoloured steel engraving by Oudet after a botanical illustration by Edouard Maubert from Pierre Oscar Reveil, A. Dupuis, Fr

Background imageFolk Collection: C H Schafers Midget Circus Troupe - Munich

C H Schafers Midget Circus Troupe - Munich
circa 1910s

Background imageFolk Collection: Aztec man and woman of Mexico, 1818

Aztec man and woman of Mexico, 1818
Man and woman of Mexico, 1818. Aztec man, woman and child carrying basket of clothes, bow and stick.Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Mary Anne Vennings A Geographical Present being

Background imageFolk Collection: Khoikhoi man and woman, South Africa, 1818

Khoikhoi man and woman, South Africa, 1818. They wear animal skins and woven skirts and stand in front of huts covered in animal hides

Background imageFolk Collection: Man and woman of Cochin China (Vietnam) 1818

Man and woman of Cochin China (Vietnam) 1818. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Mary Anne Vennings A Geographical Present being Descriptions of the Principal Countries of the World, Darton

Background imageFolk Collection: Man and woman of Arabia, 1818

Man and woman of Arabia, 1818. The man wears a turban, cloak, sash and harem pants, the woman wears a veil over a long dress

Background imageFolk Collection: Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham

Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham
Robin Hood tricks the Sheriff of Nottingham (and robs him of his gold). circa 1195

Background imageFolk Collection: Egyptian Cave Painting

Egyptian Cave Painting



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