H is for His.
His clothes were black, & also bare;
As one forlorn was he;
Upon his head always he ware
A wreath of willow tree.
|Charles Ricketts, calligraphy for Atalanta (January 1891)|
|Charles Ricketts, illustrated ballad in Atalanta (January 1891)|
|Contents in Atalanta (January 1891: detail)|
The second part doesn't have small initials, the first part has two of them. The 'H' for the sixth verse is adorned with six small flowers, the initial 'B' for the second one mimics a more traditional rectangular decorated initial.
The drawings were reproduced (as process drawings) by the Art Reproduction Company, and signed with their mark 'AR Co'.
Ricketts's own monogram or name doesn't occur in or beneath the drawings, but his name is mentioned on the contents page, a page that in most copies will have disappeared, as it sits among the advertisement pages at the front of the issue.
A relatively rare survival of an original issue shows that the magazine aimed at a readership of girls and women between 15 and 25.
|Contents page of Atalanta (January 1891)|
The magazine also collected endowments for an 'Atalanta Cot' at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl, and supported other good causes. Prize competitions kept the relation with the readers alive. A Shakespeare doll competition was won by the 20 year old Beatrix M. Dunning for 'an elaborate and picturesque Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury ("Henry V.")'. There were other competitions for essays, pictures and music.
|Front cover, Atalanta (January 1891)|