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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to Randolph Caldecott

On this day in 1846, Randolph Caldecott was born in Chester, England. Caldecott was one of the most influential illustrators of the 19th century.

Ever year an award in his honor is given to the illustrator of the "most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States." The medal features on of Caldecott's illustrations from the "The Diverting Story of John Gilpin." It depicts John Gilpin riding a runaway horse along with startled geese, dogs, and onlookers.

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