Click on this Logo for a larger version (54kB)
HseJackBuilt

Home Up Contents Search Feedback Site History

Home
Up
Services
Who
Works
Postcards
Greetings Cards
Tiles
First and Last
Where
Family
Named after
Buying
Friends
About Us
Links
Find out more

The House that Jack Built

This was the second of Randolph Caldecott's Picture Books, published together with "John Gilpin" in 1878.  

The "House" depicted in this book still (at 2004) stands, and is in Hanmer, England.

This is the cat ...

Click to enlarge, if you have fast download (169 kB)Randolph went to great lengths to depict animals accurately.  He had been taught to sculpt by the French sculptor Jules Dalou; he obtained a skeleton of a cat, to help him to understand its bone structure; and as well as drawing the cat which appears on page 9 of this book (illustrated here), he produced a matching life-size sculpture of it.  This sculpture is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (but sadly at the time of writing, 2/2004, it is not on public display and can be viewed only by special prior arrangement).

Randolph's original illustration, from which the engraver produced printing blocks, would have been a mirror image of the printed result shown here.  This is why the sculpted version (below), which would have matched Randolph's picture, is also a mirror image of the printed version.

Click to enlarge (60 kB)(Photographed by our Webwallah, during a visit by R C Soc members to see the V&A's Caldecott sculptures, Dec 2003.  Reproduced by kind permission of the V&A.)

  

  

  

To return to the "Nursery Rhymes" page, click Up

 
Questions or comments about this web site?  E mail  with "Caldecott" included in the "Subject" line of your message.  (Sorry, but to protect ourselves from SPAM we have to ask you to type email addresses and subjects manually.)
2000, 2004 Randolph Caldecott Society UK.  
Unless otherwise stated, material from this site may be freely copied and reproduced, but please acknowledge where you got it from!           Last modified:  11 Jun 2004