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Sing a song for sixpence : the English picture book tradition and Randolph Caldecott

Author: Brian Alderson; British Library.
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] : Cambridge University Press in association with the British Library, 1986.
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To commemorate the centenary of the death of the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott, Brian Alderson, noted historian of children's literature and children's book editor of The Times, has prepared for the British Library an exhibition designed to pay tribute to Caldecott's skills as a creator of picture books, which will run from October 1986. This book, incorporating a catalogue of the exhibition, with its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Bibliography Exhibitions
Named Person: Randolph Caldecott; Randolph Caldecott
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Alderson; British Library.
ISBN: 052133179X 9780521331791 0521337607 9780521337601
OCLC Number: 13823488
Notes: "Catalogue of an exhibition held at the British Library, October 1986-January 1987"--Title page verso.
Credits: Published to accompany an exhibition at the British Library from October 1986 to January 1987.
Description: 112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: The urge to illustrate --
Representational illustration and illustrative techniques --
William Hogarth and the establishment of English narrative illustration --
William Blake --
Rowlandson and the arrival of commercial picture books --
The Cruikshanks and transition --
"Alfred Crowquill" and the Punch men --
Charles Bennett --
Edmund Evans and his proteges --
Randolph Caldecott --
Imitation, homage, continuity --
A note on colour --
Coda: Bread and Honey --
Encore: Sing a Song for Sixpence.
Responsibility: Brian Alderson.
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To commemorate the centenary of the death of the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott, Brian Alderson, noted historian of children's literature and children's book editor of The Times, has prepared for the British Library an exhibition designed to pay tribute to Caldecott's skills as a creator of picture books, which will run from October 1986. This book, incorporating a catalogue of the exhibition, with its many illustrations in colour and black and white, both demonstrates Caldecott's genius and provides a brief critical history of an important area of children's book publishing. Comedy, storytelling and graphic exuberance are all part of the great tradition of book illustration that runs from Hogarth and Rowlandson down to the present day, and Caldecott's special genius was to have embodied these qualities in the subjects he chose. Together with an appraisal of those who influenced Caldecott and the effect he had on later generations of illustrators, Brian Alderson explains the relationship between pictures and text, techniques (wood-cuts, wood-engraving, intaglio printing), the effect of industrialisation on the picture book and the subsequent development of book illustration.

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