Kate Greenaway

Gabrielle Stecher (Indiana University)
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A preeminent Victorian illustrator, Kate Greenaway was lauded for her children’s book illustrations, as well as her greeting cards and formal art exhibitions. Greenaway, alongside contemporaries Randolph Caldecott & Walter Crane, had a significant impact on late nineteenth-century English book illustration.

Greenaway was born on March 17, 1846, in London, the city in which she would spend most of her life, as the second of four children. Her father, John, was a successful wood engraver whose publications included the periodicals The Illustrated London News and Punch. Her mother was a seamstress and, later, millinery shop owner, becoming the family’s primary financial provider after John received a major commission to produce illustrations for an edition of Charles Dickens’ The

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Citation: Stecher, Gabrielle. "Kate Greenaway". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1862, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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