The Latest Spelling Test by William Heath Robinson
A desperate effort to instil good luck into a five-franc plaque before returning to the Casino. Illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944). Robinson was a regular contributor to the Sketch, the Bystander and other ILN titles during his lifetime. His weekly drawings featuring mind-boggling contraptions and designs were immensely popular. This particular illustration gently pokes fun at superstitious gamblers at Monte Carlo, a popular resort for the privileged classes during the inter-war years. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
© Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans Picture Library
Guests at the Riviera villa of Maxine Elliott, 1932
Page from The Bystander magazine in 1932 reporting on guests staying at the beautiful villa belonging to the American actress Maxine Elliott on the French Riviera. The Chateau l'Horizon, which was designed by architect Barry Dierks, was incredibly luxurious - it's pool had a water chute into the sea below. Pictured staying with Maxine this time are Sir Neville and Lady Pearson (previously Gladys Cooper), Lord Ratendone (the Hon. Inigo Freeman-Thomas), Mrs Fred Cripps and, not forgetting, Maxine's pet monkey Kiki. Date: 1933
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Come Aboard, Sir! by Edmund Blampied
An illustration by Edmund Blampied or 'Blam' (1886-1966) of a young lady relaxing at the prow of a yacht while the breeze blows her hair. Blampied provided countless illustrations for the ILN's magazines. As well as his scenes of London life for The Illustrated London News, he painted a number of colour scenes for The Bystander showing the glamorous and privileged in fashionable resorts around the world.
© Estate of Edmund Blampied/ILN/Mary Evans