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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Past Exhibitions

Kate Greenaway

20 October 1980 – 13 March 1981

This exhibition featured the watercolors, drawings, published works and correspondence by English Victorian artist and illustrator Kate Greenaway (1846–1901). The Greenaway materials, which had been donated to the Institute by Frances Hooper of Kenilworth, Illinois, formed what was considered one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. Hooper assembled the materials over a period of 30 years. Sometimes called "the Pre-Raphaelite of the nursery," Greenaway was best known for her illustrations of children and flowers. Many of the watercolors in the show were originals for illustrations in her Marigold Garden, Language of Flowers, Book of Games and almanack series. The Hooper Collection included nearly 550 Greenaway letters. Over half were sent to John Ruskin; many were illustrated with small sketches. A catalogue and poster accompanied the exhibition and a checklist was provided for gallery visitors.