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ART: "The diverting history of John Cilpin: showing how he went farther than he intended, and came home safe again." Written by Wm.
Cowper, with drawings by R. Caldecott. Published by George Routledge 6 Sons, 1878, London. From the Baldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections.
Available online in the UF Digital Collections at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/UFDC/
The illustration on the Caldecott Medal, which is taken from Caldecott's illustrations for "The Diverting Story of John Cilpin," is a
perfect example of the humor, vitality, and sense of movement found in Caldecott's work. The illustration shows John Cilpin astride a runaway
horse, accompanied by squawking geese, braying dogs, and startled onlookers.
Randolph Caldecott was one of a group of three influential children's illustrators working in England in the 19th century. The other two
illustrators were Kate Creenaway and Walter Crane. His illustrations for children were unique to their time in both their humor, and their
ability to create a sense of movement, vitality, and action that complemented the stories they accompanied.
The prestigious Caldecott medal which is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published
in the United States during the preceding year. It is named in honor of Randolph J. Caldecott.