HAPPY HOLIDAYS COVER: The diverting history of John Gilpin: 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 & Sons, 1878, London. From the Baldwin Library of Historical Childrens 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 Caldecotts illustrations for The Diverting Story of John Gilpin, is a perfect example of the humor, vitality, and sense of movement found in Caldecotts work. The illustration shows John Gilpin astride a runaway horse, accompanied by squawking geese, braying dogs, and startled onlookers. Randolph Caldecott was one of a group of three influential childrens illustrators working in England in the 19th century. The other two illustrators were Kate Greenaway 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.
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