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The Diverting History of John Gilpin

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Title

The Diverting History of John Gilpin

Description

The story of John Gilpin and his runaway horse was a perennial favorite with children in England and America. Rather than create original art for this circa 1881 printing of the tale, McLoughlin Brothers copied exactly the illustrations made in England by famed artist Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), brightening up the colors and then lowering the price of the book in order to undercut the British title being imported into the United States. Caldecott’s work was well known in America and was in heavy demand during the 1881 holiday season. One reviewer noted “the evident leaning of public fancy toward the Greenaway-Caldecott style of illustrated juveniles, the majority of publishers showing on their lists one or more of this attractive class of picture books.” McLoughlin even created a new series, The Caldecott Award, to capitalize on the notoriety of Randolph Caldecott.
The gift of Herbert H. Hosmer, 1978

Creator

Cowper, William, 1731-1800

Source

William Cowper. The Diverting History of John Gilpin. R. Caldecott’s Picture Books Series. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1881

Publisher

McLoughlin Brothers

Date

1881

Identifier

215516

Catalog no. 123

Citation

Cowper, William, 1731-1800, “The Diverting History of John Gilpin,” Radiant With Color, accessed February 23, 2019, http://americanantiquarian.org/radiantwithcolor/items/show/44.