Friday, April 07, 2006

Mother Greenaway

“Living in that childish wonder is a most beautiful feeling —
I can so well remember it. There was always something more —
behind and beyond everything — to me,
the golden spectacles were very, very big.”

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was a hugely popular childrens book illustrator from England who drew inspiration from her engraver father and dressmaker mother. Printer Edmund Evans would often photograph Greenaway's illustrations onto wooden blocks (a version of chromolithography) to enable reproduction of her delicate watercolours. She never married despite having some suitors, including art critic John Ruskin, and died from breast cancer.

Mother Goose; or, The Old Nursery Rhymes was published in 1881 and is online in high resolution format at the wonderful Illuminated Books website of Alfredo Malchiodi.

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