Children illustration was a specialty among artists during the Golden Age of Illustration. They created a visual legacy of children and children's activities that remains popular today.
Many major magazines between 1880 and 1920 featured children on covers, and in stories and advertisments.
The works of Elizabeth Shippen Green, Jesse Wilcox Smith, Maud Humphrey, Alice Barber Stevens, and other women illustrators became widely-known symbols of idealized childhood.
Beginning in the Victorian era, children often were portayed as adorable, perfect, well-behaved little ladies and gentlemen.
By 1900, the popular image had morphed into tomboys, street urchins, and all-American girls preoccupied with dolls, fairies, and domestic chores, and boys obsessed with baseball and getting into trouble.
In this gallery you'll find examples in Web resolution from the Palma Collection of Golden Age childrens' art; realistic, sentimental, and cartoon, from cherub to hellion.
Other Image Galleries on this site have examples of children illustration.
For hints on how to incorporate vintage illustration into your design projects, see Creating Solutions.