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Please do not remove them, as I don't own any of these pictures, even if I altered them. Thanks.
“Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888 - 1960) was an Australian illustrator of children’s books. Her work mostly depicted fairies. (…) Her illustrations were exhibited throughout Australia, as well as in London and Paris between 1907 and 1933.” Fairies were quite popular at that time (in 1911 “Peter and Wendy” by J. M. Barrie was published as a novel), even Queen Mary sent postcards with Ida’s illustrations to her friends. I guess Outhwaite and English coeval Cicely Mary Barker were a great influence on the fairy pictures I’ve posted here and here. And I wonder if Ida was referred to in the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries episode “Away with the fairies”.
Another pretty exciting fairy story of that time is that about the Cottingley Fairies’ photographs.
Two young cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, caused a stirr in 1917, when they claimed to have made photographs of real fairies (which decades later were exposed as a hoax). Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was convinced of the veracity of the five pictures!