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Randolph Caldecott Exhibit Opens at Houghton

April 4, 2003 --

Randolph Caldecott's preliminary drawing for the frontispiece of The Three Jovial Huntsmen (1880), a centuries-old nursery rhyme and one of the most popular books illustrated by the British artist, along with a copy of the final illustration, is displayed in the Randolph Caldecott exhibit, which runs through April 30 in the Chaucer Case, Houghton Library. The exhibit offers a sampling of Houghton's unparalleled collection of Caldecott materials, including a watercolor sketch of a scene from the book Come Lasses and Lads (pub. 1884), an ink drawing of a brawl sketched on the back of an envelope most likely while Caldecott was at work, and a Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes for children’s book illustration, named for Caldecott.

The exhibit runs in conjunction with the 2003 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at Kresge Auditorium, MIT, by Maurice Sendak. Sendak, who is best known for his children's book Where the Wild Things Are, is a recipient of the Caldecott Award and cites Caldecott as one of his greatest influences. The lecture is April 5 and is sold out.



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