Marcus Ward and Company’s skills at producing illustrated material inevitably led to the publication of children’s books. The first appeared in 1873, the finest were produced the 1880s.
The employment of major illustrators including Kate Greenaway, Walter and Thomas Crane and Elizabeth Ellen Houghton was to guarantee the production of some of the most beautiful children’s books of the age. With their exquisite colour illustrations, they are still considered classics. They appealed to artistic, educated parents who sought the highest standards for their children’s reading material.
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