Old English Nursery Songs – Pictured by Anne Anderson
‘Old English Nursery Songs’ is a wonderful collection of children’s music and verse. It includes thirty-seven pieces arranged for piano, written down by Horace Mansion, and beautifully illustrated by Anne Anderson. It was originally published in 1900. The classic songs include such titles as ‘Hey Diddle, Diddle’, ‘Little Bo-Peep’, ‘Hush-a-bye, Baby’, ‘Humpty Dumpty’, ‘Oranges and Lemons’, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, ‘Jack and Jill’, ‘Goosey, Goosey, Gander’, and many more.
Anne Anderson (1874 – 1930) was a prolific Scottish illustrator, primarily known for her art nouveaux children’s book illustrations. Characteristic of her work are decorative and lightly drawn or painted illustrations, depicting neatly dressed children, carefully dressed, with angelic pear-shaped faces. She also painted, etched and designed many greetings cards, with her illustrations appearing near the end of the Edwardian era. Presented alongside the text, her drawings further refine and elucidate Horace Mansion’s carefully collated collection of ‘English Nursery Songs’.