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The Golden age of children’s book illustration (Lit & Art Section)

Sat. 20 March 2021 at 2:30 pm


To be held by Zoom video conferencing


Emma Laws, Director of Collections and Research at the Devon and Exeter Institution and late of the Victoria and Albert Museum will talk on “The Golden age of children’s book illustration”.

Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway are the great ‘triumvirate’ of a golden age of children’s book illustration that spanned the last quarter of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Their beautiful picture-books revolutionized children’s publishing. However, the so-called ‘golden age’ had its roots much earlier in the 19th century in the work of George Cruikshank, and influenced illustrators well into the 20th century, including Beatrix Potter, E.H. Shepard and Edward Ardizzone.

Emma Laws was curator of children’s books and illustration at the Victoria and Albert Museum for over 20 years. She has published widely, particularly on Beatrix Potter, Edward Ardizzone and Walter Crane, and co-authored a major new book on the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard (V&A Publishing 2017).

Important notes

If you would like to join this meeting, please contact the Organiser (details below). You will be sent instructions on how to log in etc. Please don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Zoom software. It is quite straightforward to use and does not involve any expense. You will be able to log in a few minutes before the start of the lecture.


Sat. 20 March 2021
2:30 pm
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Robin Wootton (Lit & Art)
01392 275332


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