The internet archive has a lovely little book, "The Queen of Hearts" by Randolph Caldecott. I thought that some of my readers might take a peek and upcycle some of these lovely old illustrations into Valentines this year.
Randolph Caldecott (22 March 1846 – 12 February 1886) was a British artist and illustrator, born in Chester. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honor. He exercised his art chiefly in book illustrations. His abilities as an artist were promptly and generously recognized by the Royal Academy. Caldecott greatly influenced illustration of children's books during the nineteenth century. Two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, were published every Christmas for eight years.
Caldecott's output, however, ranged wider than this: he illustrated novels and accounts of foreign travel, made humorous drawings depicting hunting and fashionable life, drew cartoons and he made sketches of the Houses of Parliament inside and out, and exhibited sculptures and paintings in oil and watercolour in the Royal Academy and galleries. Read more . . .
- Online collections
- Works by Randolph Caldecott at Internet Archive (color illustrated scanned books).
- Works by Randolph Caldecott at Project Gutenberg (plain text and HTML illustrated)
- Works by Randolph Caldecott at the University of Florida's "Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature" (color illustrated scanned books).