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Book illustration
  • Book illustration
    Kate Greenaway, born 1846 - died 1901
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Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kate Greenaway, born 1846 - died 1901 (illustrators)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry Herbert Harrod

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 1

The Birthday Book for Children was published in 1880. It had 12 colour and 350 tiny black and white illustrations like this one, with verses by Sale Barker. Kate Greenaway is known for her drawings and watercolour illustrations of quaint children in bonnets, sailor suits and pinafore dresses. She drew from life and made the clothes worn by her models. Her career took off around 1877 when Edmund Evans, a well known printer of children's books, risked printing large numbers of a book of her verses and illustrations. Despite being sold at six shillings instead of sixpence, Under the Window still sold out at Christmas in 1878. Under the Window and The Birthday Book established a following for Kate Greenaway almanacs and calendars for the next 20 years. As with Beatrix Potter, the enthusiasm for her characters was exploited through the sale of dolls, wallpaper, fabrics, christening sets and clothes.

Physical description

Line drawing of a young boy wearing a Stuart costume and large feathered hat.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


1880 (made)


Kate Greenaway, born 1846 - died 1901 (illustrators)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper


Height: 4.3 cm, Width: 2.3 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed to the museum by Henry Herbert Harrod.

Descriptive line

Book illustration to Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children, drawing of a young boy in Stuart costume, in pen and ink on paper, by Kate Greenaway, 1880.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenaway, Kate. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. London, George Routledge and Sons, (1880)


Paper; Pen and ink


Hand drawn

Subjects depicted

Costume; Stuart; Boy


Illustration; Drawings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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