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Beatrix Potter

11.  Randolph Caldecott.
Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting.
London: George Routledge & Sons, [1882].

Beatrix's father Rupert purchased a number of Caldecott's drawings over the years, which were hung in the Potters' London house at Bolton Gardens. Of this great artist, Potter wrote to Jacqueline Overton in 1942, "We bought his picture books eagerly, as they came out. I have the greatest admiration for his work—a jealous appreciation; for I think that others, whose names are commonly bracketed with his, are not on the same plane at all as artist-illustrators."

For a lovely on-line exhibition about Caldecott's influence on Potter, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has one of the world's finest collections of Potter.