[Hampstead, London]: , 1885. Item #03701
'A Floral Procession'
By Kate Greenaway
GREENAWAY, Kate, artist. 'A Floral Procession'. Original pencil drawing highlighted with pastel watercolor. Signed with initials at lower left. No date, no place [Hampstead, London, ca. 1885].
Landscape (7 1/4 x 13 5/8 inches; 183 x 345 mm.). Image size: 4 7/8 x 11 5/16 inches; 124 x 287 mm. Matted, framed and glazed.
A Mayday procession of thirteen young maidens and one young boy. They are all standing by a tree and are holding various baskets, bouquets, sprigs and garlands of fresh flowers.
A remarkable example of Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) at her very best.
""Kate Greenaway" children, all of them little girls and boys too young to be put in trousers, were dressed in her own versions of late eighteenth century and Regency fashions: smock-frocks and skeleton suits for boys, high-waisted pinafores and dresses with mobcaps and straw bonnets for girls. The influence of children's clothes in portraits by British painter John Hoppner (1758–1810) may have provided her some inspiration. Liberty of London adapted Kate Greenaway's drawings as designs for actual children's clothes. A full generation of mothers in the liberal-minded "artistic" British circles who called themselves "The Souls" and embraced the Arts and Crafts movement dressed their daughters in Kate Greenaway pantaloons and bonnets in the 1880s and 1890s. The style was often used by painter Maude Goodman in her depictions of children.
Greenaway was elected to membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1889. She lived in an Arts and Crafts style house she commissioned from Richard Norman Shaw in Frognal, London, although she spent summers in Rolleston, near Southwell." (Wikipedia).