Fancy Meeting You by George Ranstead
Humorous illustration by George Ranstead, an amateur artist of the Great War who served in the Army Pay Corps, depicting a rascally little boy wriggling through a fence after stealing apples, only to find the gap guided by a large police officer. Ranstead was one of many soldiers of WWI who took up drawing as a hobby. His subjects range from wartime humour to pictures of pretty girls and are clearly influenced by images in the illustrated magazines of the period.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
American Cub Scouts
A group of American cub scouts sit around a table doing art and craft activities with their den mother or Akela. In American Cub Scouting, the boys meet in small groups called "dens", guided by a "den mother" who is assisted by a Boy Scout as "den chief".
© The Scout Association / Mary Evans
Lady Violet Brasseys sons, Cyril and Gerard
Delightful portrait of Cyril and Gerard Brassey, dressed in outfits typical of Edwardian upper class children. The older boy is in a wool jacket, similar to a Norfolk style jacket wiith matching waistcoat and breeches while the younger boy is wearing a very fanciful costume, consisting of side-buttoning tunic with flounced collar and cuffs worn with old style buckled shoes - very much in the Little Lord Fauntleroy style. Gerard, the younger one, was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards and was killed in action on the 27th August 1918. Date: 1903
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans