JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post [Part of the antiquarian art for/by children series.]
--The Sublime Antiquarian Art of Children, here.
--An Image Addition to a Series of Posts on the Antiquarian Publication of Artwork by Children, here.
--The Great Rarity and Sublimity of Antiquarian Artwork by Children, here.
I've written a number of posts to this blog on what I find to be a rare aspect of illustration--antiquarian publishing of artwork by children. As explained in some of the earlier pieces (linked above) it seems to me that artwork made by children appear generally by chance, although this work starts to make a few appearances in late 19th and early 20th century pedagogical works on how to teach children in school and the layout of the classroom. But in general, the work just didn't see much light of day in the publishing world.
This image, found in the 24 January 1888 issue of Punch, or the London Charivari magazine, comes close to the issue, but not really--I'm sure that the work is that of one of the magazine's full-time illustrators. But the fates are in this image's favor simply for bringing attention to the art of the very young. I particularly like the image at bottom, with the small boy working hard at whatever is on his paper in the lap of his muse, with drawing graffiti on the wall over his head.
The key to the images, below: