An original 19th-century print, Kate Greenaway Calendar for 1884.
Original Kate Greenaway Calendar for 1884 published by George Routledge & Sons, London and New York. This set consists of two cards and two loose, leather-bound board covers with gold tooling. Each card has decorative images with the calendar for the whole year below. There is a small hole punched at the top of each card for hanging.
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was a famous children’s book illustrator. She began her career designing cards and calendars, with distinctive images of children and young people dressed in early-19th-century costume. Her designs were hugely popular and widely imitated. She published numerous story books and almanacs for children to great critical acclaim. In 1889 she became an elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. In 1955 the Kate Greenaway Medal was established, and exists annually to this day, awarded for outstanding children’s book illustration.
There are minor knocks to the corners and edges of the cards, and some foxing and discolouration as shown. One card has a short tear at the upper edge, a fold across the lower left corner and a vertical crease line right of centre. There are small losses and knocks to the leather on the boards.
Each card: 18.8cm x 24.1cm.
Boards: 19cm x 25.5cm.
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Product code: JC-486