Randolph Caldecott: March 22, 1846
MARCH 24, 2006
"Caldecott's drawings have the appearance of spontaneity and movement. His work was humorous but never malicious. Possessing vitality and humor, his books have endured to capture contemporary audiences. Since 1938, the American Library Association annually has awarded the Caldecott Medal in his honor for "most distinguished American picture book for children in the United States published during the preceding year." [source]
I find it interesting that Randolph Caldecott died just before he reached 40 years in St. Augustine, Florida. He is just so Victorian English for me. By this time he was internationally famous, was married (no children) and had retired to a country home. The Caldecotts frequently traveled abroad because of his fragile health.