Randolph Caldecott, 'The Frogs Desiring a King'

Randolph Caldecott, 'The Frogs Desiring a King'

Randolph Caldecott
'The Frogs Desiring a King'
Illustrations
1883
Engravings by J.D. Cooper
From 'Some of Aesop's fables with modern instances'
Published by Macmillan, London.
National Art Library Pressmark: 60.G.5

This book combines artist Randolph Caldecott's (1846-1886) love of animals with his ability to pick out the humorous side of human behaviour. Caldecott was an internationally famous children's book illustrator. Children looked forward to his books of nursery rhymes, which came out every Christmas between 1878 and 1884. They were published in colour by Edmund Evans.

By 1884 Randolph Caldecott's rhymes had sold a staggering total of 867,000 between them and made him famous. Caldecott also drew many hunting scenes and wrote witty captions to accompany his drawings of the people and places he visited.