Randolph Caldecott (22 March, 1846 – 12 February, 1886) was an artist and illustrator, mainly of children’s books, from England.
Fun Facts about Randolph Caldecott:
- Born in Chester, Mr. Caldecott was the third of 13 children.
- Caldecott worked at a bank, but went to the Manchester School of Art. Once he knew he could make a living with his art, he moved to London (1872).
- After only 2 years, Mr. Caldecott was already known to be a successful magazine illustrator.
- The Royal Manchester Institute exhibited the works of Mr. Caldecott in 1869 and the Royal Academy in 1876.
- In 1877 Mr. Caldecott was commissioned by Edmund Evans to illustrate two Christmas books (The House that Jack Built and The Diverting History of John Gilpin).
- The two Christmas books were so successful that Evans commissioned the artist for two books every year until Mr. Caldecott’s death.
- The original colored printing woodblocks can be seen at St. Bride Library in London.
- Suffering all his life from poor health, probably from a child hood illness, he used to travel to warm climates during the winter.
- Caldecott passed away before he was 40 years old in Florida, during an unusually cold winter.
- The Caldecott Medal for the “most distinguished American picture book for children” is named in his honor.
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