Kate Greenaway, 1846-1901


(At last it’s come to this: an illustrator whose name ends in the letter of the day, Y!)


Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Kate Greenaway, Edward Evans Limited, 1888.

Arriving on the illustration scene before technological improvements brought about “the Golden Age of Illustration,” Kate Greenaway delivered finely drawn Victorian children to be printed and colored using woodblocks in a process called chromoxylography. Often used for cruder prints in a few flat colors, her publisher Edmund Evans used as many as a dozen separate carved plates to produce detailed, shaded illustrations for Greenaway, Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott, whose works are now considered classics.

The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK to an illustrator of children’s books.

L-R: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” frontispiece, “Dick Whittington and His Cat,” Little Red Riding Hood.”

About mary grace ketner

My lawyer tells me I should not put the words "Fairy Tale Lobbyist" on my business cards but rather "Representative" and "National Fairy Tale Association." But I'm not, and there isn't one. Even so, I don't think I'm going it alone.

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