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85 Randolph Caldecott 1846-1886
Drawings for Washington Irving's Old Christmas
Pen and ink, watercolor and wash, various sizes (2.25 x 4.25 to 8.75 x 6.75 inches), 1874
This suite of 112 drawings represents Caldecott's first notable book illustrations. Engraved on wood by James D. Cooper, the drawings appeared as the illustrations in Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving, published in London in 1875. Their success led the publisher Edmund Evans to choose Caldecott, who had little formal training as an artist, as Walter Crane's successor in drawing toy books. Though Irving's stories date from the early part of the nineteenth century, Caldecott, more than a half century later, captures the spirit of an earlier period. Many of the drawings in the collection have notations to the engraver and captions in the artist's hand.
Gift of the Friends of the Libraries

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