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  • London town


  • This late Victorian book of children's poetry presents a bright and cheery view of London at the height of its imperial glory. Felix Leigh, who wrote the verses, was a prolific writer whose drawings and poems were featured for many years in the magazine Boy's Own Paper. The illustrations are by Thomas Crane and Ellen E. Houghton. Crane designed the ornamental pages and Houghton did the figure drawings. Thomas Crane was the older brother of Walter Crane (1845-1915), who brought about revolutionary improvements in illustrated children's books by ensuring that text and illustrations were designed together to produce a harmonious whole. Houghton was a first cousin of the Cranes, who are also known as early designers of Christmas cards. World Digital Library.


  • Leigh, Felix.
  • Crane, Thomas, 1843-1903
  • Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth, 1853-1922, ill.
  • Marcus Ward & Co., publisher.

Created / Published

  • London ; New York : Marcus Ward & Co., [1883].


  • -  Children's poetry, English
  • -  London (England)


  • -  Title-page illus. in colors.
  • -  Verses by Felix Leigh.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.


  • 56 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PZ8.3.L533 L

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 16007202

OCLC Number

  • 10114769

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Leigh, Felix, Thomas Crane, Ellen Elizabeth Houghton, and Publisher Marcus Ward & Co. London Town. [London ; New York: Marcus Ward & Co, 1883] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Leigh, F., Crane, T., Houghton, E. E. & Marcus Ward & Co, P. (1883) London Town. [London ; New York: Marcus Ward & Co] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Leigh, Felix, et al. London Town. [London ; New York: Marcus Ward & Co, 1883] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.