This magnet pictures an illustration by HJ Ford from the late 1800s. It appeared in The Lilac Fairy Tale Book by Andrew Lang accompanying an 1844 story, The Castle of Kerglas that originally appeared in Emile Souvestrein's Le Foyer Breton.
The illustration pictures the main character, Peronnik, the village idiot, in the Vale of Pleasure. He blows his whistle so as to drown out the sound of magic voices who would lure him into eating the fruit and staying in the garden with its dancing maidens and flowing wine, thus failing in his quest to find a golden bowl and diamond lance.
Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, Homeric scholar and historian. He is best known for folklore anthologies, particularly for 12 Fairy Tale Books published from 1889 to 1910.
British artists Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) and Lancelot Speed (1860-1931) became famous as illustrators of Lang’s Fairy books.