Read a biography entitled Randolph Caldecott – The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing. It’s a very interesting book about the illustrator who found his passion at a very young age, and how he came step by step to fulfill his dreams. Caldecott (1846 –1886) first embarked on the journey in submission of satirical and comical pictures for magazines and newspapers; but notably, he was most renowned for his picture books which in turns played a big influence on young Beatrix Potter. Full of historical background as well on Manchester and London, much adorned with Caldecott’s personal encounters that enlivened his illustrations!
HAVE been reading a novel by Wilkie Collins lately (cannot tell you the name yet), and the plot has been interesting and engaging so far. I have done some researches on him while reading the novel, and realised that almost every close relative of his is an inborn painter! Like father, like son, ain’t it?
Charles Allston Collins (1828-1873) – Although he has close connection to members of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he was never made an official one. To me, he was a victim of unrequited love! After being rejected by Maria Rossetti, he was married to Dickens’s daughter, Kate.
Kate was also a painter of the 19th century. I believe she must be a beautiful woman as she was portrayed several times by a fascinating Pre-Raphaelite artist called John Everett Millais. Millais is one of my favourite members of the Pre-Raphaelite Club.
So many connections right? Wilkie Collins was Dickens’s son-in-law’s brother. And who knows that Charles Dickens, in fact, didn’t like Pre-Raphaelite paintings! What an irony to him when he saw his daughter appearing on those paintings of Millais! Do you know if there were any more connections between these two novelists of the Victorian era?