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One hundred and five years after Brueghel did his painting of the multitude of kids on the street, Silliman drew this absolutely beautiful drawing! (The year was 1665.) It is though so often forgotten in toy research so we wanted to show it to you. Look for the following games and toys in the picture. Many of the areas are much more clearly visible in the reproduction below, but the sides of the art have been cut off below, and that one has clearly been "Touched up". We have done a great deal of research into this art work as you will see and it is indeed another masterpiece in the Wonderful World of Toys and Games.
1. Playing House. Two young girls playing with an assortment of house utensils. Fire place poker and shovel, plates, cups, silverware, etc. are all visible. Note also the girl on the right has a doll with a dress much like her own. The girl on the left seems to be preparing the basket below for the doll. Behind them is a girl or adult carrying a child (left) wrapped tightly in shawl, etc.
5. To the Left, boy with a Windmill. To the Right, a bird flies between two young lads. Probably held on a string that we cannot see.
9. This one is interesting. The boy is holding the girl back grabbing her scarf with a whip in the other hand. Is this simply the old "Boy teases girl thing?" It is much, much more likely a game of "Baste the Bear" or "Horse and Cart". The sash and whip make these choices logical. It is possible that the girl (the bear) is lashing out at the kids in the parade. (Thus, Baste the Bear.) The other possibility as mentioned is a simple imitation of a "Horse and Cart". The boy is the rider in the cart with the whip. The girl is of course the horse. We do not yet know the answer on this one for certain.
13. Flying a Kite
17. Boy with his hand up to his face blowing something. A whistle? Imitating a flute player possibly? We believe though that it is most likely that he is blowing a whistle.
21. Boy running. Probably getting ready to leap over the lad bending down in front.
Sometimes it is so neat to speculate. And so frustrating knowing at this business that we cannot. In the background of this drawing just right of exact center, you will see a child or adult sitting on a bench with a pole. (Enlarge the brighter version of it below by using right click as suggested.) Virtually everything that the artist drew on this drawing is for a purpose. The dogs running in the excitement. The bubbles blowing away. etc. So we can assume that the artist put this figure there for a purpose. He has also demonstrated a sense of humor as shown above. Might we speculate that this is a young lad or lass who did not get their way as to where they were to stand in the big parade, and thus is sitting back "sulking"? Course we know that no museum people ever see that with kids today! We will probably never know for certain. As is so often the case isn't it? So frustratingly so.
Click on Drawing below and click on "View Image" to Enlarge.
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Copy of Silliman Engraving above from "The History of Toys" by Antonia Fraser
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