Tuesday, 28 January 2014

"R. Caldecott's Collection Of Pictures & Songs" Illustrated By Randolph Caldercott, Engraved and Printed By E. Evans (published by Frederick Warne And Co., London and New York, date unknown) Part 2


This story is called "The Babes In The Wood" and it really is quite scary! The babes do actually die from starvation so no happy end in this one. The drawing skills of the artist and the colouring are so impressive though. His lines are drawn with such sensitivity and confidence that you think the people are about to move. Even the birds and animals are so expressive, adding to the mood of the story. Even though the book is almost falling apart (making it really difficult to scan) the pages and illustrations are in a very good condition and as vibrant as they would have been when new.

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