Kate Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901)
Kate Greenaway was the daughter of John Greenaway, a wood-engraver for Punch and the Illustrated London News. Kate received no formal education and was taught by local women, who themselves, had received no formal schooling. At the age of 12 she was given an education focusing on art and by 17 she had won several awards. Her life was angelic and said it “. . . was like a paradise." This can be seen in her illustrations.
The children in her drawings were dressed in her own versions of late eighteenth century and Regency fashions: smock-frocks and skeleton suits for boys, high-waisted pinafores and dresses with mobcaps and straw bonnets for girls. The simplicity and charm of her watercolours appealed to the general public and made her work very popular.
This link will take you to some of her books (original) and the gentle artwork she was known for: http://www.illuminated-books.com/illustrators/greenaway.htm
She was elected to membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1889. Greenaway was extremely shy of public notice, and not less modest in private life.
She died of breast cancer at the age of 55.
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