Let’s escape…

The last two weeks have been doozies (since I was born in 1906, I get to say that… jk which is a newer bit of slang). Anyway, I’m not feeling like being very serious right now. So let’s escape. In my collection of images about books and reading there are lots of repeating motifs and themes–books and cats, reading and cafes, books and beds, books and birds, reading and women, etc.–but probably the overwhelming theme is escape into another world, into self, into peace.

So this week let’s go. Let’s run away together.

Illustration by Iker Ayerstaran

Illustration by Tuylek

Illustration by Joost Swarte

Illustration by Caroline Magerl

Illustration by Javier Naverette

Photo by Hesham Alhumaid

Illustration by Pawel Kuczynski

Illustration by Achiki

Illustration by Bianca Bagnarelli

Illustrator not known (anybody recognize?)

Illustration by Remy Coutarel

16 responses to “Let’s escape…

  1. What a bundle of fun! Thank you!

  2. I see the book in the lower right corner of your unknown artist says ‘M. Davis’. Marguerite Davis is the right era and subject matter. Here’s a link to one known to be by her: https://www.allposters.com/-sp/Illustration-of-a-Family-Relaxing-at-Home-by-Marguerite-Davis-Posters_i8650469_.htm

  3. Ooh, that one by the unknown illustrator is just about my favorite….Hope someone knows who it is! Thanks, Bonny – a quiet moment tucked into a couple of loud weeks!

  4. Plz send follow up email once someone identifies the red haired boy picture. It’s vaguely familiar. Probably cuz I’m an old(Er) person.
    Thx
    Carol in Seattle

  5. Many thanks for giving me permission to escape! Each of these illustrations is a gift!

  6. Thanks for these, Bonny.
    My guess is that the unknown image is by illustrators Maud and Miska Petersham. Favorites of mine! They illustrated Poppy Seed Cakes and Rutabaga Tales.
    I especially liked their picture, and the Joost Swarte image.

  7. Thanks, Julie. I like Swarte, too.

  8. I love all these different interpretations of “escapes,” so much so that it’s hard to pick a favorite.

  9. Thanks for the beautiful collection of illustrations and the wonderfully imaginative places to read books.

  10. These images were great. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Mary Scott Herman

    Beautiful art! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Thanks all! It’s so much fun to collect these.

  13. These are wonderful! Brought many a smile to my face,

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