My house is red

‘My house is red’.

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)


Coloured wood-block engraving by Edmund Evans

Under the Window, 54

Greenaway at her most sentimental, projecting an Edenic vision of childhood where the world is made up of simplified objects – a ‘little house’, a ‘green, green tree’ and a ‘little basket’. This toy-town escapism is nevertheless a distinctly poetic vision, more a place of aspiration and yearning than a reality. [Commentary continues below.]

Scan, text and formatting by Simon Cooke.

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