Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose
Category: Children's Books
Format: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 48 pages, 45 color illustrations, cloth
Release Date: 2006-08-15
About this Book
Kate Greenaway (1846–1901) was one of the most popular British book illustrators of the Victorian era. A contemporary of Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, she attracted a wide audience in the United States and England, and many of her books were printed in German and French editions as well.
One of Greenaway’s early successes was Mother Goose, or the Old Nursery Rhymes, first published in 1881. Her enchanting watercolors of children wearing clothing from an earlier age and frolicking in the countryside evoked the Victorian reader’s sense of nostalgia for the rural life of eighteenth-century England, and echoed Greenaway’s own longing to retreat from the industrial, urban setting of her native London.
This new edition of Kate Greenaway’s Mother Goose reproduces illustrations from the rare 1881 edition in the Huntington Library’s collections. The Huntington owns an extensive collection of books illustrated by Greenaway, several of her manuscripts, and nearly one hundred of her original drawings.
Review of Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose:
“Kate Greenaway is an iconic example of the gentle women’s art of yesteryear… From ‘Little Tom Tucker, / He sang for his supper’ wearing a frilly white collar and spats, to ‘Polly put the kettle on, we’ll all have tea’ in a cozy Victorian dining room, these quaint illustrations and classic English nursery rhymes will evoke nostalgia in the most hardened reader.” – ForeWord