UNDER THE WINDOW Pictures & Rhymes Kate Greenaway c1900

Pictures & Rhymes
for Children
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway

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TITLE: Under the Window: Pictures & Rhymes for Children AUTHOR: Kate Greenaway ILLUSTRATOR: Illustrated by Kate Greenaway PUBLISHER: Frederick Warne and Co., London and NY DATE: undated reprint. First published in 1878 by George Routledge. Last page states "Engraved and Printed by Edmund Evans, LTD., at the Racquet Court Press, London, S.E. According to Birket Foster, R. W S. by Herbert Minton Cundall, 1906, the building at Racquet Court burned "a few years ago" (i. e. c1900), so I would date this reprint as 1879-1900. FORMAT: Hardback, glossy pictorial boards, color illustrations, glossy/heavy paper, 57 pgs, about 10 X 7.75 inches. BOOK CONDITION: Good plus -- some wear and rubbing on edges, a few scuffs to covers. Content pages have a few smudges in margins, one small tear at the bottom of a page, no writing. DJ CONDITION: None.



Kate Greenaway (Catherine Greenaway) (London, 17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901) was a children's book illustrator and writer. Her first book, Under The Window (1879), a collection of simple, perfectly idyllic verses concerning children who endlessly gatd posies, untouched by the Industrial

The Kate Greenaway Medal, established in her honour in 1955, is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK to an illustrator of children's books. Her paintings were reproduced by chromoxylography, by which the colours were printed from hand-engraved wood blocks by the firm of Edmund Evans. Through the 1880s and 90s, in popularity her only rivals in the field of children's book illustration were Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott, himself also the eponym of a highly-regarded prize medal. "Kate Greenaway" children, all of them little girls and boys too young to be put in trousers, according to the conventions of the time, were dressed in her own versions of late eighteenth century and Regency fashions: smock-frocks and skeleton suits for boys, high-waisted pinafores and dresses with mobcaps and straw bonnets for girls. The influence of children's clothes in portraits by British painter John Hoppner (1758-1810) may have provided her some inspiration. Liberty's of London adapted Kate Greenaway's drawings as designs for actual children's clothes. A full generation of mothers in the liberal-minded "artistic" British circles who called themselves "The Souls" and embraced the Arts and Crafts movement dressed their daughters in Kate Greenaway pantaloons and bonnets in the 1880s and '90s.

She lived in an arts and crafts house she commissioned from Richard Norman Shaw in Frognal, London, although she also spent summers in the small Nottinghamshire village of Rolleston, near Southwell.

She died of breast cancer in 1901 and is buried in Hampstead Cemetery, London..

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