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Randolph Caldecott Society UK

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WHO was Randolph Caldecott?
(Click here for info kindly provided by the RC Soc of America.)
WHY is there a Society named after him?
WHAT we can offer you
EXAMPLES of his work
WHERE to find out more.
Winner of Randolph Caldecott Medal (USA) 2006: 
Chris Raschka, illustrator of "The Hello, Goodbye Window"- see

We have just added -

"A Courting Couple": original Caldecott watercolour on sale as at 24 March 2006: click here (added 24 March 2006);
Buying page, with lists of prices achieved for sold Caldecott items that we know about: click here (last updated 24 Mar 2006);
Catalogues of the Victoria & Albert Museum's collection of Caldecott Prints & Drawings are now available online.  For details, click here (added 17 Jan 2006);
Caldecott Family Tree Online: 200 records from our paper Family Tree are now available online; for details, click here (last updated 24 Mar 2006; downloadable GED file first added, 3.6.04;new pages, 22.4.04);
Swaps? - new page for those wishing to swap duplicate Caldecott postcards with one another: click here (added 1 Dec 2005);
Mr Carlyon's Christmas - a seasonal Caldecott story from The Graphic, reproduced in full: click here (added 1 Dec 2005);
Shocklach (Cheshire) or Frensham (Surrey)? - new theory about the wedding picture in "The Fox jumps over the Parson's Gate": click here (amended 31.8.05);
Editions: how to tell when a Picture Book was published: click here  (addnl PicBkColln image 9.6.05; updated, 19.10.04; more info added, 31.5 & 19.4.04; with many pictures, 25.11.03; new page, 13.11.03);
Report of Society's London event, May 2005: click here (added 26 May 2005);
Picture of dust jacket from a Warne miniature edition of Caldecott's Picture Book No. 3: click here (added 12.4.05);
Link to Genes Reunited added: click here (13.4.05);
Everyman re-print of Caldecott Picture Books on sale again (but now sold out) at PostScript Books: click here (updated 16.2.05);
Tributes to Randolph Caldecott, published soon after his death in 1886: click here (new page 8.2.05);
Link to COPAC, the online catalogue of 24 University libraries, etc, added to "Links" page: click here (added 31.1.05);
"The Dogs' Grand Dinner Party": An 1869 example (not by Caldecott) of a children's book showing dogs dressed in humans' evening dress: click here (added 31.1.05);
An unusual edition of Blackburn's biography:  added to our "Editions2" page, click here (added 28.1.05);
Mrs Juliana Horatia Ewing: a brief page about this authoress, three of whose books were illustrated by Randolph Caldecott: click here (new page 29.12.04);
Randolph's Grave: in response to a Search enquiry, we have added the address, a link to a map and directions to get there.  To see these, click here (9.11.04);
Our Privacy Policy: click here (page re-located 8.11.04; new page 5.6.04);
Antiquarian Book Fairs: free admission for R C Soc members: click here (2.11.04);
St. Bride Printing Institute and Library, London: info on their R C printing blocks & Edmund Evans Collection: click here (4.11.04);
Caldecott Foundation: more about their Founder, Leila Rendel (2.11.04); their website & other contact details updated, click here (31.8.04);
Leaflet about the Society, updated and now in PDF format: click here (27.9.04);
Postcards: an alternative, slightly different, estimate of the date of first issue: click here (20 & 10.9.04);
Biography of Randolph Caldecott by Claudette Hegel: click here (7.9.04);
Pictures of our March 2004 meeting, incl. NEWI Prize entries, Chester Cathedral and Chester Library: click here  (Detail of joint winning entry added 16.8.04; new page, 29.3.04);
"Horse Fair in Brittany" sculpture: illustration added to new page here (added 9.8.2004);
Two classic Victorian Greeting Card pictures: the coaches returning from Diana Wood's Wedding and Mr. Oakball's Stag Party, click here (added 16.6.04; note that our "christmas.htm" page has been renamed "greeting.htm");
1977 Exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery; sculpted cat's rare appearance at it; and Randolph's decorative panels for Mr Renshaw's house in Buxton, Derbyshire: click here (added 11.6.04);
Tiles illustrated by Randolph Caldecott: click here (new page, 26.5.2004);
Sing a Song for Sixpence: two pictures added to "Nursery Rhymes" page, click here (added 25.5.04);
Punch:  nine of Randolph's 13 drawings for this famous British satirical magazine; click here, here and here(5 more added on 2 new pages, 28.4 & 18.3.04;  2 more added, 12.3.04;  new page, 27.2.04);
National Register of Archives (part of Historical Manuscripts Commission): records re Randolph, click here (added 7.4.04);
Brittany Tour: cancellation: click here(Updated 31.3.04;  New page added 14.11.03);
"Chelsfield Chronicles" book by Geoffrey Copus: click here (added 29.3.04);
Beatrix Potter and the Warnes - and how this shows which books were published before or after 1917: click here (added 21.11.03);
"Copying Caldecott": link to online version of excellent Caldecott/Beatrix Potter Exhibition held at V&A, London, Jan-Apl 03: for details, click here or here(Added 14.11.03);
Children's Books History Society: for URL with more info, click here (added 10.10.03);
Randolph Caldecott Prize (UK), and 2003 Prizewinner: click here (added 22.7.03)

For earlier additions or alterations to the site, see our Site History page (added 26.10.01) or click here.

Our Mission

To promote and encourage, for the public benefit, the study and appreciation of the work and life of the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846 - 1886). You could take out a loan from £100 - £5,000 today, even if you are on benefits. You can get an instant, on screen decision and cash sent directly to your bank account same day.


Membership of the Society is open to anyone.  To join, please write to our Treasurer (see below) with your cheque plus your name, postal address & email address.  Prices (from Nov 2002):

Individual members: GB£ 10
Family members at the same address }
Corporate (organisations) }
GB£ 15

Contact Information

Kenn N Oultram
(01606) 891 303.  If outside the UK, call + 44 1606 891 303.
c/o "Blue Grass", Little Leigh, NORTHWICH, 
Cheshire,  CW8 4RJ,  England.
Bob Evers
(01948) 770 633.  If outside the UK, call + 44 1948 770 633.
Boundary Cottage, Mulsford Lane, Worthenbury, 
Wrexham,  LL13 0AW,  Wales.

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