In the Land of Counterpanedetails

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Image title: In the Land of Counterpane
Source: Stevenson, Robert Louis: “A Child’s Garden of Verses” (1905)
Keywords: illustrations for children, toys, games, sickness, beds, play, art, colour
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A boy lies ill in bed in this vintage watercolour painting; he has wooden toy soldiers arranged on the bed-covers.

The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed,

I had two pillos at my head,

And all my toys beside me lay

To keep me happy all the day.

 

And sometimes for an hour or so

I watched my leaden soldiers go,

With different uniforms and drills,

Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

 

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets

All up and down among the sheets;

Or brought my trees and houses out,

And planted cities all about.

 

I was the giant great and still

That sits upon the pillow-hill,

And sees before him, dale and plain,

The pleasant land of counterpane.

(p. 20)

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Artist: Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935)
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