Folk heroes – woodcuts by Eric King

English Folk Heroes, Christine Hole, illus

Batsford edition of Christina Hole’s English Folk Heroes, issued in 1948, with woodcuts by Eric King.

Folk Heroes, Eric King


Robin Hood, May, Eric King

May twilight.

Robin Hood, Eric King



Medieval mummers, May Day and Lammastide

There was a box of old stamp postcards from 30-odd years ago in a charity shop yesterday, and I found these great folklore images from 1981. (The artist is Fritz Wegner.) They remind me a little of Rex Whistler (more of him another time).

There is a fourth one for Valentine’s Day, but it was the odd one out for me. I’ve substituted ‘Side shows’ instead, which dates from 1983’s British Fairs issue, by Andrew Restall.

This is a good time to mention The Museum of British Folklore – at the moment it has no permanent home. A couple of years ago there was a small but beautiful temporary exhibition for a few weeks at Port Eliot in Cornwall. Atmospheric wonders included this lantern…