Walter Crane

British, 1845 - 1915


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Art and Life  by Walter Crane
Art and Life
Arthur withdrawing Excalibur from the stone...  by Walter Crane
Arthur withdrawing Excalibur from the stone...
At Home: A Portrait  by Walter Crane
At Home: A Portrait
Britomart  by Walter Crane
Diana  by Walter Crane
Diana and Endymion  by Walter Crane
Diana and Endymion
Flora  by Walter Crane
Freedom  by Walter Crane
In the Beach House  by Walter Crane
In the Beach House
King Neptune  by Walter Crane
King Neptune
La Belle Dame Sans Merci  by Walter Crane
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
La Belle Dame Sans Merci  by Walter Crane
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
La Primavera  by Walter Crane
La Primavera
Late Summer Landscape  by Walter Crane
Late Summer Landscape
Lilies  by Walter Crane
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Walter Crane was primarily a designer and book illustrator, specialising in children's books. He was born in Liverpool on 15 August 1845, moving to London with his family in 1857. After a period during which he worked on illustrations for a poem of Tennyson, he became apprenticed to the famous wood engraver William James Linton and studied drawing in his spare time. In 1862 he exhibited The Lady of Shalott at the Royal Academy. His first illustrated book, The New Forest, was published the following year.

He was a great admirer of Edward Burne-Jones, whose work he first saw at the Old Watercolour Society in 1865. In his autobiography he recalled what a deep impression Burne-Jones' pictures made upon him:

'The curtain had been lifted, and we had a glimpse into a magic world of romance and pictured poetry, peopled with ghosts of "ladies dead and lovely knights" - a twilight world of dark mysterious woodlands, haunted streams, meads of deep green starred with burning flowers, veiled in a dim and mystic light, and stained with low-toned crimson and gold..'
[An Artist's Reminiscences, 1907]

Crane's later watercolours of slightly menacing wooded landscapes and vague but sinister mythical events represent a world which the artist has dreamt of rather than visited. In 'Diana' the huntress seems to be leading her male followers through a primeval forest, perhaps to their destruction. He died in London on 15 March 1915.

Walter Crane Archive
In February 2002, the University of Manchester, England acquired the Walter Crane Archive (drawings, original designs for book illustrations, paintings, diaries, notebooks, photographs and press cuttings are included, spanning Crane’s entire career).

Portrait of Walter Crane Esq by GF Watts, and signature of Walter Crane
Portrait of Walter Crane Esq by GF Watts, and signature of Walter Crane


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