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Kate Greenaway

The Books

Marigold Garden (children book)
Little Ann - A Book (children book)
Mother Goose (children book)
Birthday Book (children book) New
A Day in a Child’s Life (children book) (includes music scores) New
Under the Window (children book) New
Kate Greenaway's Alphabet (children book) New
The Language of Flowers New
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (children book) New

Kate Greenaway New
By M. H. Spielmann and G. S. Layard
A Tribute to Kate Greenaway

Biographic Notes

GREENAWAY, KATE (1846-1901), English artist and book illustrator, was the daughter of John Greenaway, a well-known draughtsman and engraver on wood, and was born in London on the I7th of March 1846. After a course of study at South Kensington, at Heatherleys life classes, and at the Slade School, Kate Greenaway began, in 1868, to exhibit watercolor drawings at the Dudley Gallery, London. Her more remarkable early work, however, consisted of Christmas cards, which, by reason of their quaint beauty of design and charm of draughtsmanship, enjoyed an extraordinary vogue. Her subjects were, in the main, young girls, children, flowers, and landscape; and the air of artless simplicity, freshness, humor, and purity of these little works so appealed to public and artists alike that the enthusiastic welcome habitually accorded to them is to be attributed to something more than love of novelty. In the line she had struck out Kate Greenaway was encouraged by H. Stacy Marks, R.A., and she refused to listen to those friends who urged her to return to a more conventional manner. Thenceforward her illustrations for children (such as for Little Folks, 1873, et seq.) attracted much attention. In 1877 her drawings at the Dudley Gallery were sold for 54, and her Royal Academy picture for eighteen guineas; and in the same year she began to draw for the Illustrated London News. In the year 1879 she produced Under the Window, of which 150,000 copies are said to have been sold, and of which French and German editions were also issued. Then followed The Birthday Book, Mother Goose, Little Ann, and other books for children, which were appreciated not less by adults, and were to be found on. Sale in the bookshops of every capital in Europe and in the cities of America. The extraordinary success achieved by the young girl may be estimated by the amounts paid to her as her share of the profits: for Under the Window she received 1130; for The Birthday Book, 1250; for Mother Goose, 905; and for Little Ann, 567. These four books alone produced a clear return of 8000. Toy-books though they were, these little works created a revolution in illustration, and so were of real importance; they were loudly applauded by John Ruskin (Art of England and Fors Clavigera), by Ernest Chesneau and Arsne Alexandre in France, by Dr Muther in Germany, and by leading art-critics throughout the world. In 1890 Kate Greenaway was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colors, and in 1891, 1894 and 1898 she exhibited water-color drawings, including illustrations or her books, at the gallery of the Fine Art Society (by which a representative selection was exhibited in 19o2),where they surprised the world by the infinite delicacy, tenderness, and grace which they displayed. A leading feature in Miss Greenaways work was her revival of the delightfully quaint costume of the beginning of the 19th century; this lent humor to her fancy, and so captivated the public taste that it has been said, with poetic exaggeration, that Kate Greenaway dressed the children of two continents. Her drawings of children have been compared with Stothards for grace and with Reynoldss for naturalness, and those of flowers with the work of van Huysum and Botticelli. From 1883 to 1897, with a break only in 1896, she issued a series of Kale Greenaways Almanacs. Although she illustrated The Pied Piper of Hamelin and other works, the artist preferred to provide her own text; the numerous verses, which were found among her papers after her death, prove that she might have added to her reputation with her pen. She had great charm of character, but was extremely shy of public notice, and not less modest in private life. She died at Hampstead on the 6th of November 1901.
This article incorporates text from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, a publication in the public domain.
See also

Here follows a great link about the life and work of Kate Greenaway:

Also from the same site the list of books written and/or illustrated by Kate Greenaway

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