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Child Hood Collection

"Childhood: A Timeless Journey of Innocence and Wonder" Step into the enchanting world of childhood, where imagination knows no bounds

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Homeward by Muriel Dawson

Homeward by Muriel Dawson
Back view of two children, arms around each other, making their way home laden with buttercups picked in the fields

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762

Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
STRATFORD CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, Maryland Street, Stratford, Greater London. Interior view of the Comptometer Room at Stratford Co-operative Society

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Children in the snow a054098

Children in the snow a054098
HALIFAX, West Yorkshire. A view showing a group of children sledging down a snow covered road. Date range 1962-1978. John Gay

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. From 1921 children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time, though some of these boys look younger

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Charles Darwin and his son N990002

Charles Darwin and his son N990002
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of Charles Darwin and his eldest son, William Erasmus Darwin - 1842

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925

Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine " by Sharples. Charles Darwin and his sister. c 1816

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
Illustration showing the statue of Peter Pan, sculpted by Sir George Frampton and erected in Kensington Gardens, London, on 1 May 1912. Date: c.1920

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Half Way Home by Muriel Dawson

Half Way Home by Muriel Dawson
Two children with baskets filled with wild flowers pause for a moment and sit on a gate during a walk home

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Wright - Dressing the Kitten J960062

Wright - Dressing the Kitten J960062
KENWOOD HOUSE, London. " Dressing the Kitten " c1768-70 by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797)

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Play the Game Football book cover

Play the Game Football book cover
Front cover of a book depicting a young boy kicking a football on the front cover. Date: c.1941

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Spring Flowers by Muriel Dawson

Spring Flowers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl in a blue smock dress carries a bunch of daffodils and a twig of spring blossom

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Mothers Gardener by Muriel Dawson

Mothers Gardener by Muriel Dawson
Charming illustration of a small girl in a white dress and pink sun hat carefully watering a lovely border of flowers in a garden. c.1925

Background imageChild Hood Collection: MURILLO, Bartolom項steban (1617-1682). The Guardian

MURILLO, Bartolom項steban (1617-1682). The Guardian
MURILLO, Bartolom項 steban (1617-1682). The Guardian Angel. c. 1665. SPAIN. Sevilla. Cathedral. Baroque art. Oil on canvas

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Desperate Dan statue, Dundee, Scotland

Desperate Dan statue, Dundee, Scotland

Background imageChild Hood Collection: The Days Work by Muriel Dawson

The Days Work by Muriel Dawson
A little boy in dungarees or overalls and with a wide brimmed hat stands on the end of a jetty fishing with a makeshift rod and line. Swans fly overhead

Background imageChild Hood Collection: The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number

The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number
Front cover of The Scout magazine, " The Only Weekly Official Organ of the Boy Scouts". As this particular issue is the Special Hobbies and Model-Making number

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507

Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507
PORTSCATHO HARBOUR, Gerrans, Cornwall. A young boy looking down towards tethered boats in the harbour at Portscatho. Photographed by John Gay during 1950s-1960s

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Early 12th Century Frescoes in Bet Maryam, St. Marys Church, Lalibela

Early 12th Century Frescoes in Bet Maryam, St. Marys Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia, Africa

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Highgate Ponds, Hampstead Heath a071915

Highgate Ponds, Hampstead Heath a071915
HIGHGATE PONDS, Hampstead Heath, Greater London. Three boys standing watching a model yacht being launched on one of the Highgate Ponds by a boy lying on his front reaching over the water. John Gay

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Emma Darwin and son Leonard K970227

Emma Darwin and son Leonard K970227
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Photograph of Emma Darwin and son Leonard c1854

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Anne Elizabeth Darwin N990003

Anne Elizabeth Darwin N990003
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of Anne Elizabeth Darwin ( Annie ) 1849

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Blackpool Beach a047930

Blackpool Beach a047930
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. Informal holiday portrait showing rear view of a family with two small daughters paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background (mid-20th century). John Gay

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818

Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818
WHITESTONE POND, Hampstead Heath, London. View of a boy lying down on the edge of the pond with his hand holding a model yacht on the water

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Tatler front cover featuring Princess Elizabeth & Margaret o

Tatler front cover featuring Princess Elizabeth & Margaret o
Front cover of The Tatler featuring the fourteenth birthday picture of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) together with her sister, Princess Margaret Rose

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Souvenir dolls in traditional Hungarian costumes, Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Tresco Children sculpture by David Wynne, in the sub-tropical gardens, Island of Tresco

Tresco Children sculpture by David Wynne, in the sub-tropical gardens, Island of Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageChild Hood Collection: White Conduit Street, Islington FF003132

White Conduit Street, Islington FF003132
WHITE CONDUIT STREET, Islington, London. A line of children hold hands as they walk along the middle of White Conduit Street towards the junction with Chapel Market in Islington

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Children pose for the camera a97_05492

Children pose for the camera a97_05492
A thatched cottage, Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire. A group of people pose for the camera in front of thatched cottages. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Son 1904

Background imageChild Hood Collection: William Erasmus Darwin N990005

William Erasmus Darwin N990005
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of of William Erasmus Darwin in 1849

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Gainsborough - Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting J920222

Gainsborough - Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting J920222
KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting " c1783 by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Peter Pan statue arrives in Kensington Gardens

Peter Pan statue arrives in Kensington Gardens
Photograph from the ILN announcing the arrival of the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, by Sir George Frampton, which appeared magically one morning (1 May 1912) with no formal unveiling

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson

Little Miss Natty Fingers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl concentrates on a garment she is sewing, presumably for the doll which sits next to her. An interesting basket full of sewing paraphenalia spills over beside her

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Farrier, Cambridgeshire a98_10862

Farrier, Cambridgeshire a98_10862
Soham, Cambridgeshire. A blacksmith, or farrier, shoeing a horse with a young boy looking on. Traditional skills and crafts are learned by starting young and through generations of experience

Background imageChild Hood Collection: The Fat Boy of Peckham and his father

The Fat Boy of Peckham and his father
John Trundley, or sometimes, Trunley (1898 - 1944), known as the Fat Boy of Peckham appearing with his father on the front cover of The Tatler magazine in 1903 when he was aged five

Background imageChild Hood Collection: The Rules of Life by H. M. Bateman

The Rules of Life by H. M. Bateman
A baby in a highchair is presented with a long list of rules for life by a queue of influential people including his nurse, his parents, teacher, police officer, judge and vicar. Date: 1930

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Charles I and Prince Charles J900213

Charles I and Prince Charles J900213
MARBLE HILL HOUSE, Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London. " King Charles I and Prince Charles" (later Charles II) after Sir Anthony VAN DYCK (1599-1641). Painting oil on canvas

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Dandelion Clock by Muriel Dawson

Dandelion Clock by Muriel Dawson
Charming illustration of a small child, probably a little boy in blue smock and shorts seated on a small tuffet of grass and blowing a dandelion clock while clutching a favourite doll in his other

Background imageChild Hood Collection: The Callers by Muriel Dawson

The Callers by Muriel Dawson
A little girl in a summer dress and sun bonnet knocks at a door and waits, with her doll in a toy pram, for it to be answered

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Two Little Lambs by Muriel Dawson

Two Little Lambs by Muriel Dawson
Charming back view of a little girl in a checked dress and green hat, her small stature accentuated by the size of the lamb she stands next to

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Piano playing

Piano playing
A small boy sits at a piano and practises his scales conscientiously

Background imageChild Hood Collection: George Darwin N990004

George Darwin N990004
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of George Darwin, aged 6 years, in 1851

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Henrietta Darwin K990862

Henrietta Darwin K990862
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of Henrietta Darwin. Although labelled as 1861 the photograph was taken in 1851 when Henrietta was in mourning for her sister Annie

Background imageChild Hood Collection: SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). After the Bath

SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). After the Bath
SOROLLA, Joaqu� (1863-1923). After the Bath. 1915. Oil on canvas. SPAIN. Madrid. Sorolla Museum

Background imageChild Hood Collection: SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). White Horse. 1909

SOROLLA, Joaqu�(1863-1923). White Horse. 1909
SOROLLA, Joaqu´┐¢(1863-1923). White Horse. 1909. Post-Impressionism. Oil on canvas. SPAIN. Madrid. Sorolla Museum

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Princess Elizabeth and corgis

Princess Elizabeth and corgis
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) pictured at her childhood home of 145 Piccadilly playing with the familys corgis. Date: 1936

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Princess Elizabeth at the Bath Club

Princess Elizabeth at the Bath Club
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) pictured in a swimming costume at the Bath Club. Date: c.1938

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002), later Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth and then Queen Mother (to Queen Elizabeth II). Wife of King George VI. Pictured at the age of seven

Background imageChild Hood Collection: Annie Oakley in London

Annie Oakley in London, Born in Darke County, Ohio, August 13th 1860, she died in Greenville Ohio, November 3rd, 1926 and buried at Brock. Ohio cemetery, near her childhood home



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"Childhood: A Timeless Journey of Innocence and Wonder" Step into the enchanting world of childhood, where imagination knows no bounds. As you stroll through Kensington Gardens, you can't help but be captivated by the Peter Pan statue standing tall amidst a sea of green. It reminds us that in our hearts, we all long to hold onto the magic and freedom of youth. In Muriel Dawson's painting "Homeward, " we witness the pure joy on children's faces as they race home after a day filled with adventures. Just like Charles Darwin and his son captured in N990002 and Sharples' portrait of six-year-old Charles Darwin with Catherine K971925, these images remind us that even great minds were once young explorers. The sight of children playing in the snow (a054098) evokes memories of building snowmen and engaging in friendly snowball fights. And who could forget those exhilarating moments on the field? The cover of "Play the Game Football" takes us back to carefree days spent chasing after a ball with friends. But childhood wasn't just about play; it was also about learning and discovery. In 1914, at Stratford Cooperative Society's Comptometer Room (BL22762), young minds were being shaped as they delved into mathematics and problem-solving skills. Muriel Dawson's artwork continues to capture timeless moments from childhood - whether it is Wright dressing up a kitten (J960062), or Spring Flowers blooming under sunny skies. These paintings transport us back to simpler times when every little thing brought immense joy. Even centuries ago, childhood held its own charm. The early 12th-century frescoes in Bet Maryam depict scenes from St. Mary's Church in Lalibela, Ethiopia - reminding us that across cultures and time periods, children have always been cherished treasures.