Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story was a children’s book published around 1888. This vintage drawing shows two Victorian-era children from the cover. The younger child is begging the older one to tell them a story. The author provided the name of the elder child and we know from that, that she is a little girl. The younger child is not identified and could easily be a boy or a girl.

In the drawing, the two children are in their playroom. Abandoned dolls and a book lie on the floor nearby. The children also have a little swinging doll bed to play with. A stuffed sheep, horn and other toys sit on a shelf along the wall. Both children are entirely clothed in white and have heads covered with curly, blonde locks. It is quite a charming drawing of one child begging another for something; in this case a story but it could easily be for something else.

The artist was Ida Waugh (d. 1919). We have over 100 of her drawings on Reusable Art and you can see them all in one place under Ida Waugh Art section.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.