Art: The Good Old Drawings

Illustrators who work for children have a wonderful and enormously responsive public. Their successes are handed down from generation to generation, and are likely to be remembered as being far more magical than they actually were. Their failures simply go out of print and are mercifully forgotten. Most of the remembered artists, and a few of the failures, are crammed into Illustrators of Children's Books (Horn Book Inc.; $15), a newly published, 527-page history of art for children. A few favorites, like Beatrix Potter and Ernest Shepard (who illustrated Milne's Pooh books), are...

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