Florence Kate Upton (1873-1922) was among the earliest
illustrators of children's picture books. Her Golliwogg character, immediately
loved by children, was the first fictional character to be mass-produced.
"A Lark Ascends: Florence Kate Upton, Artist and
Illustrator" is the first complete and accurate account of the original
Golliwogg, filling a void in the history of children's literature and in the
history of dolls.
As such, this fascinating and thoroughly researched
history is an absolute must for the fan of the Golliwogg.
"A Lark Ascends" by Norma S.
However, Florence Upton was also a respected artist,
settling in London after studies in Paris, and this biography is a
comprehensive study of her artistic career, bringing together for the first
time reproductions of her major works. It, therefore, adds a rich and formerly
unexplored chapter to the history of women in the arts.
Norma S. Davis is a member of the faculty in the Department
of Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University.
Her specialty is nineteenth-century art.