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VICTORIANA - Enjoy articles relating to the Victorian Era. A regular column in each issue of The Tea House Times. Written by Patrice LePera - Authority, Victorian Era, Historical Writing - www.afterimage-art.com

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The Wonderful World of Kate Greenaway by Patrice LePera

posted by TeaHouseTimes Admin, ADMINTuesday, October 18th 2011 @ 3:33 PM

Kate Greenaway became an unforgettable part of the Victorian world when she published, “The Language of the Flowers” in 1885 – so you could look up the meanings in your bouquet.  (More in a coming article)

Born 1846 – died one year after Queen Victoria in 1901 - in her childhood, no school was required, therefore, she played in the old English countryside, and Fryer Garden “…the most wonderful place amongst all the gardens I knew” -- “My life there was like a paradise.”  The children, birds, flowers and images of her happy childhood would populate her books.  With no formal education, she was home-schooled by Victorian ladies, in the arts, with sketches and watercolors. 

John Greenaway, her father, was a wood-engraver for Punch and the Illustrated London News.  When her father showed her sketches and illustrations to his friend, Edmund Evans, who printed in color, he accepted them at once.  She was spared, therefore, all the sad rejection that Beatrix Potter faced only a few years earlier where the very idea of printing a children’s color book shocked and appalled the printers.  Evans printed Kate’s first book, and it immediately sold out.  She followed with many greeting cards, and delightful books, refused to do anything she didn’t truly want to do, and experienced a delightful childhood, becoming wealthy, and much loved.

Kate Greenaway’s illustrations show the freshness of a unique creation, as she wasn’t taught anyone else’s style and was completely free to create her own. 


 

©2011 by Patrice LePera ~ Authority, Victorian Era, Historical Writing ~ www.afterimage-art.com

 

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