Kate Greenaway was an English artist and childrens illustrator working in the second half of the nineteenth century. Her influence within her chosen oeuvre was considerable.
Unusually for a children's illustrator, she was widely acclaimed within the art world and numbered John Ruskin and Paul Gauguin amongst her most distinguished admirers.
Frequently she illustrated her own books, the most famous being the distinguished series of Kate Greenaway's Almanacs. Greenaway's work was so well-known that the charming garb in which she clothed the characters she painted heavily influenced fashions of the day.
Born in 1846, Greenaway's exquisite touch and unashamed romanticism have been much imitated, but never equalled. She died in 1901, acknowldeged as one of the greats of children's illustration.