Caldecott, Randolph, 1846-1886

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Dates:
Birth 1846-03-22
Death 1886-02-13
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

English artist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Holland Street, Kensington, to a Mr. Gatty [prob. not Alfred Gatty], 1885 May 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133416

English children's author/illustrator, born in Chester, Cheshire, England. Since 1938, the American Library Association annually has awarded the Caldecott Medal in his honor for "most distinguished American picture book for children in the United States published during the preceding year."

From the description of Papers, 1883-1977. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 26143538

Randolph Caldecott was initially a bank clerk, who studied art in his spare time. He soon became known for his paintings and illustrations, especially his dynamic line drawings and rich watercolors. He is probably best remembered for his innovative and influential series of illustrated children's books, setting nursery rhymes in the English countryside with bold, active drawings full of humor. He was also a model maker. The Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration is named in his honor.

From the description of Randolph Caldecott letter to Miss Gatty, 1883 Feb. 24. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 62171573

Caldecott, an English artist, was a popular illustrator, especially of books for children.

From the description of Miscellaneous correspondence, 1871-1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79617721

From the description of Papers concerning Jack and the bean-stalk, 1883-1887. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 83088184

From the description of Randolph Caldecott drawings, 1870-1886. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612374946

From the description of Miscellaneous drawings, 1874. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122575079

From the guide to the Randolph Caldecott miscellaneous correspondence, 1871-1885., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Randolph Caldecott drawings, 1870-1886., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Miscellaneous drawings, 1874., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Randolph Caldecott papers concerning, Jack and the bean-stalk, 1883-1887., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Randolph J. Caldecott was born in Cheshire, England. He first worked in banks in Shropshire and Manchester, but moved to London and became a freelance artist and illustrator in 1872. In 1875, "Old Christmas" firmly established Caldecott's reputation. The Caldecott Medal, an award for the "most distinguished American picture book for children" was named in tribute to Caldecott.

From the description of Randolph Caldecott papers, [ca. 1880]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63280454

British artist and illustrator.

From the description of Letter, 1868 Aug. 11, Manchester, to Mr. Burgess. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 245029090

Famed artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott was born in Chester, England in 1846. He attended the Manchester School of Art and worked in banks before moving to London to begin his career as a free-lance illustrator.

Since 1938 the prestigious Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually to the illustrator of the best children's picture book published in the United States during the previous year.

Something About the Author, vol 17 p. 31-38

From the guide to the Randolph Caldecott Collection, 1880, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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Subjects:

  • Revenue stamps
  • Illustration of books--19th century
  • Illustrated children's books
  • Children's literature, English--19th century
  • Artists--19th century--Correspondence
  • Chidren's books
  • Authors and publishers
  • Illustrated children's books--19th century
  • Magazine illustration--19th century
  • Children's literature--Illustrations
  • Copyright--Royalties
  • Drawing, English 19th century

Occupations:

  • Illustrator
  • Artists

Places:

  • England (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)