It is said that a picture tells a thousand words. This holds particularly true in the realm of imagination and delight of children’s books. Enjoy a closer look at the MFA’s rarely exhibited collection of 19th and 20th century illustrated children’s books and original illustrations by celebrated artists including Beatrix Potter, Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, with Meghan Melvin, Sharf Curator of Design and curator of the exhibition “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” (on view from November 25, 2016 through June 18, 2017).

Above: Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915), Puss Welcomes the King, the Princess, and His Master, about 1873, Watercolor on paper, Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner, 92.2575