Randolph Caldecott

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Caldecott, Randolph

(kôl`dəkət), 1846–86, one of the most popular late 19th-century English book illustrators. Born in Chester, he moved (1872) to London, where he began publishing illustrations in such periodicals as Punch, The Graphic, and The New York Daily Graphic. His journalistic work and illustrations for two Washington IrvingIrving, Washington,
1783–1859, American author and diplomat, b. New York City. Irving was one of the first Americans to be recognized abroad as a man of letters, and he was a literary idol at home.
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 collections brought him to the attention of a publisher who offered Caldecott the chance to illustrate a series of picture books. Hailed as his best work, these colored illustrations for 16 children's tales include The House That Jack Built, Hey Diddle Diddle, and The Grand Panjandrum Himself. The drawings made him famous, and two of these illustrated books were issued approximately every Christmas from 1878 until the year of his death. Caldecott is also known for his drawings of contemporary English country life and for his charming and humorous illustrations, including the Washington Irvings and Blackburn's Breton Folk, as well as for illustrations of adult novels and travel books. He also showed oil and watercolor paintings at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. The Caldecott Medal for excellence in children's-book illustration by an American citizen or resident is named for him.


See Randolph Caldecott's Picture Books (2007); memoir by H. Blackburn (1886, repr. 1969); biography by R. K. Engen (1977); E. T. Billington, ed., Randolph Caldecott Treasury (1978) and D. Ankele, ed., Randolph Caldecott (1995).

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Brian Floca won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in "Locomotive,'' a story of the early years of train travel that he also wrote.
Facsimiles of hornbooks and battledores, that were the reading fare of children in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, are quickly overtaken by books with Australian themes, although imports, such as works by the likes of Randolph Caldecott found their way onto Australian bookshelves.
The Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association since 1937 for excellence in children's book illustration, is named for a 19th century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886).
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EXHIBITION: Smashing exhibition of paintings, books and letters of Chester-born Victorian book illustrator Randolph Caldecott.
CITY CENTRE: An exhibition of work by the Chester born Victorian children's book illustrator and artist Randolph Caldecott and Red Dot, an artist collective with over 25 artists on their books, drawn mainly from Liverpool which includes paintings, mainly abstract and figurative, abstract oriented photography, mixed media, installations and sculptures will be shown at The Liverpool Academy of Arts, Seel Street, from May 7 to 23.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to Flotsam, illustrated by David Wiesner, and the Michael L.
Victorian artist Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) was the creator of popular picture books for children that featured high-quality, colored, wood-engraved illustrations.
As a young child, Tudor was exposed to the illustrations of Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, and Edmund Dulac.