Play in Living Color
Afternoon Tea: Rhymes for Children. New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, ca. 1880.
This delicate color-printed illustration of children at play is taken from a book of children’s poetry published jointly in New York and London by the England-based houses of Thomas Nelson and Sons and Frederick Warne. Although this illustration was designed by John G. Sowerby and H.H. Emmerson, it clearly was influenced by the style of Kate Greenaway. The girls are dressed in empire waist gowns from the early nineteenth century, and the grandmother is sitting at a spinning wheel, which by 1880 had been largely rendered obsolete.