Monday, April 18, 2016

Kate Greenaway

From English Historical Fiction Authors:
Born March 17, 1846 in London, her first name may have been Catherine, but she seems to have been always known as Kate. She was the daughter of John Greenaway, a draughtsman and wood engraver whose illustrations appeared in PUNCH and other periodicals, and Elizabeth Jones Greenaway, a seamstress. Kate seemed to have inherited talents from both parents, as she loved to draw and to make clothes for her dolls. She was taught at home, and encouraged to draw. As a child, she spent time with relatives in Rolleston, Nottinghamshire, and acquired a love for the country. She pursued her art studies, including some time studying drawing and watercolours in Chelsea, and later at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1867, she made Christmas cards, illustrated a book for author William Kingston, and she exhibited some of her work in 1868 at the Dudley Gallery in London. Her cards, book plates and calendars were popular, and her illustrations appeared in magazines as well. She illustrated children’s books by multiple authors, and a couple of novels by Charlotte M. Yonge. Her first exhibit at the Royal Academy was held in 1877. She was, however, quite eager to write, as well as illustrate, her own book. (Read more.)

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