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Child's Tea Service

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Child's Tea Service

Maker: Knowles, Taylor, & Knowles Company (active East Liverpool, Ohio, 1854-1931)

Date: 1890-1920
Medium: Ceramic
Credit Line: Gift of Virginia H. Lowery in memory of Lucy Carlile Watson
Object number: 97.17.1-31
Label Text
Catherine "Kate" Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901) was an English children's book illustrator [1] and writer. Her drawings gave rise to a fashion in young children's clothing in the 1880s and 1890s.

"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.