James Elder Christie: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1881
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Scottish artist James Elder Christie (1847-1914) studied art in Paisley and South Kensington and won two medals at the Royal Academy in 1876 & 1877. He is known for his portraits, paintings of children and moral allegories, and his work illustrating the poems of Robert Burns.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, also known as the Pan Piper or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin, is the titular character of a legend from the town of Hamelin, Lower Saxony, Germany. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicoloured clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service as promised, he retaliates by using his instrument's magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. This version of the story spread as folklore and has appeared in the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and Robert Browning, among others.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-1165: card size 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm)