The Ghost Story by Alfred Bestall
A family sit in the dark by a blazing fire, rigid with fear while listening to a ghost story told by an aged relative. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to them, the sceptre of a medieval knight, looms over them with interest. Illustration by Alfred Bestall, who is best-known for drawing Rupert Bear but who contributed a number of illustrations to The Tatler during the 1930s. Date: 1930
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British Ballad, Fair Margaret and Sweet William
FAIR MARGARET AND SWEET WILLIAM. British ballad telling the story of Sweet William who tells Fair Margaret that he is marrying another. He is haunted by her ghost whilst he sleeps and later rides off to find Margarets corpse and dies himself soon after. A rose grew from her grave, and a briar from his, until they grew together.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/Mark Furness
Cartoon, Mr James Willing and the Ghost
Cartoon, Mr James Willing, Jun, is busy writing another stirring drama. Our artist has caught him at that moment when the "ghost" comes in. 'James Willing' was actually a pseudonym for John Thomas Douglass (1842-1917), manager of the Standard Theatre, Shoreditch, London, and it is not clear whether the younger one existed or was simply just another pseudonym, to avoid Douglass's name appearing as the author of too many plays.
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