Museum Lectures

We are delighted to confirm that our first Zoom Lecture will take place on Tuesday 27th  April 2021 starting at 11 am:  

The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration, by Emma Laws

(Director of Collections and Research, Devon and Exeter Institution) 

Whilst we are hoping to re-instate our live lecture programme, as soon as it is safe, we are very pleased to share this lecture with you by Zoom. Tickets are free and will be available from Eventbrite from the 11th April at 11 am, click on the link to get a ticket or set a reminder:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/topsham-museum-lecture-the-golden-age-of-childrens-literature-emma-laws-tickets-141167011331

Summary:  Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway are commonly described as the great ‘triumvirate’ of a golden age of children’s book illustration that spanned the last quarter of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Their beautiful picture-books, printed by Edmund Evans,  revolutionized children’s publishing. However, the so-called ‘golden age’ has its roots much earlier in the 19th century in the work of George Cruikshank and influenced illustrators well into the 20th century, including Beatrix Potter, E.H. Shepard and Edward Ardizzone.   

Biography: Emma Laws was curator of children’s books and illustration at the Victoria and Albert Museum for over 20 years. Her interests include, the history of the art and design of the book, and the relationship between text and image.  She has published widely, particularly on Beatrix Potter, Edward Ardizzone and Walter Crane, and co-authored a major new book on the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard (V&A Publishing 2017). Previously, Emma was a rare book cataloguer at the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.   Now returned to Devon, Emma is Director of Collections and Research at the Devon and Exeter Institution, a consultant rare book cataloguer for the National Trust and a Trustee of Topsham Museum.