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Friends and Contemporaries

Randolph Caldecott made many friends in the Victorian artistic and literary world.  Among them were:

Sir Thomas Armstrong, artist
Henry Blackburn, publisher
Aime Jules Dalou, French sculptor
Mrs Juliana Ewing, authoress
Edmund Evans (1826-1905), engraver
Frederic, Lord Leighton RA (1830-1896), artist and President of the Royal Academy.  His home, Leighton House, in Kensington, London, is open to the public and in its Arab Hall are some columns whose tops were designed by Randolph Caldecott.  One is just visible on the right-hand side of the photo on the Leighton House website: click here.
George du Maurier, author of "Trilby" (which included du Maurier's own prolific illustrations)
Millais, artist

His work also influenced many who became famous in the next generation, including:

Sir Edwin Lutyens, architect
Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of the "Peter Rabbit" series of children's books.

Other contemporaries who, like Randolph, illustrated children's books included:

Walter Crane (1845-1915).  For an interesting website with an example of his work and info about him in English and Japanese, visit
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901).  The same website has an example of her work and info about her in English and Japanese at

This page would not be complete without also mentioning:

Sir Alfred Gilbert RA (1854 - 1934), sculptor, medallist, draughtsman and goldsmith: he designed the Randolph Caldecott Memorial in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England.

As we gather information about each of these people's connections with Randolph, we will add it to pages about each of them, accessible from this page: where such pages exist, the name above is underlined, so click on it for more info.  If you know of other sites with useful relevant info, please contact us.

Armstrong Blackburn Ewing Lutyens Beatrix Potter

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