This page gives info on some items named after Randolph Caldecott.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal (USA)
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This Prize is awarded annually, by this Society, at the UK's only Higher
Education College which runs a Course on Children's Book Illustration: the
North East Wales Institute of Higher
Education (NEWI), Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales.
In 2004, the judges awarded equal votes to two contestants,
and it was decided that the Prize should be divided equally between
them. They were:
||Fiona Maund, for a suitably haughty, but
beautifully depicted Queen of Hearts, displaying her tarts to the
viewer. The detail on her crown and embroidered sleeves, decorated
with hearts on lace, would satisfy any little girls having aspirations
(To find out more about her work, contact )
||Nadja Sarell, who also depicted a character, The Knave of Hearts,
from the same Nursery Rhyme. His saucy grin and twinkling eyes
caused laughter amongst members as they noticed the detail of the
scattering of the tarts. He ran so fast that his pointed shoe flew
|A third contestant was only one vote behind the joint winners, and her
work too was so excellent that the judges awarded her a "Highly
Commended" with a gift of a book. She was:
||Anne Robinson. Her most unusual, three dimensional box
design was reminiscent of stage-design in miniature. Her chosen
subject was "A Farmer went Trotting upon his Grey Mare".
This piece drew gasps of admiration for its originality and lively
depiction of the accident caused by the croak of a raven in a nearby
tree. The colouring was very lively, the redness of the background
against the choice of blue and greys served to dramatise the sinister
and scary nature of the scene.
Above: The 3 winning entries
for the 2004 Prize.
|The winner in 2003 was Heather Allen. See examples of her work at www.icua.co.uk/hev_allen|
The Caldecott Foundation
(previously called the Caldecott Community)
Late in the nineteenth century, a woman in the East End of London named
Leila Rendel established a refuge for homeless and unwanted children: the St
Pancras Day Nursery. She had about a dozen whom she educated and cared
for until they were old enough to fend for themselves. She decorated the
walls of their bedroom and nursery with friezes of Randolph Caldecott nursery
rhyme pictures and when the time came for the organisation to be named she
chose "The Caldecott Community": it was formally founded in
1911. In due course it became prudent to move the home out of London and
she managed to secure a lease of Mersham-le-Hatch, the country house in Kent
of the Knatchbull family. The organisation has grown considerably since
those days, and eventually changed its name from "Community" to
"Foundation". More recently still, they have moved again, and
are now at Caldecott House, Smeeth: see full address below. They
continue to be a substantial Charity, with a turnover exceeding GB£ 7 Million
per year. Their Founder, Leila Rendel, was also a Governor of Gordonstoun School.
The Knatchbulls were connected to Jane Austen through her niece, Fanny
(née Knight because Jane's brother Edward was adopted by the Knights of
Godmersham as their heir), who married a Knatchbull. The Knatchbulls
were also connected to the Mountbattens.
The R C Soc UK visited Mersham-le-Hatch some years ago.
(Source: Charles Caldecott, OBE, former Treasurer of R C Soc UK,
Dec 2000; updated Aug 2004.)