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. Davis
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