Magic in the Nursery' : a new exhibition at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Thu, 06 Sep 2018

A new exhibition opens at Sewerby Hall and Gardens on Saturday, 8 September. 'Magic in the Nursery' looks at illustrations for children's books by Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott, with a guest appearance by Kate Greenaway.

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their picture books. Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), they created images for children - and adults who read to them - that have more than stood the test of time.

This touring exhibition, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Curator Janice Smith explains : “The exhibition is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

“So, why not come along and see the show? Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!”

‘Magic in the Nursery’ will be in the West Wing Gallery at Sewerby Hall and Gardens from 8 September until 25 November, 2018.

Full details of all the regular features of Sewerby Hall and Gardens, including the house, exhibitions, gardens, zoo, café and shop - can be found on the new-look website,www.sewerbyhall.co.ukwhich also features discounted online advance booking.