Sarah Catherine Martin
(1768–1826)
Little is known about Sarah Catherine Martin except that she popularized the now famous adventures of Old Mother Hubbard. The origins of the verse are unknown but it is likely that she took a traditional story and immortalized it in verse. Published in 1805 by John Harris, it became an immediate best seller.

John Harris generally had the copperplate engravings in his books colored by young teens sitting around a table. Each child had its own pan of watercolor, a partially painted copy to use as a guide, and a stack of printed sheets to color. Following the guide, one child would paint the areas, and pass the sheet on to the next child, who would in turn paint the next color and pass it on, until the image was completely painted. It can be assumed that Old Mother Hubbard was colored in this manner.

Children’s Books Illustrated 

  • The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog, London, John Harris, 1805.

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  • A Continuation of the Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog, London, John Harris, 1806.
The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog,
London, John Harris, 1805.
The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog,
London, John Harris, 1805.
The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog,
London, John Harris, 1805.
A Continuation of the Comic
Adventures of Old Mother
Hubbard and Her Dog,
London, John Harris, 1806.
Sources
James, Philip, Children's Books of Yesterday, New York, Studio Publications, 1933, reprint Detroit, Gale Research, 1976.
Piermont Morgan Library, The, Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, Boston, David R. Godine., 1975.
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