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The Art & Illustration of Walter Crane
By Walter Crane, Jeff A. Menges
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 2010 Dover Publications, Inc.
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ADVENTURE IN THE NURSERY
Walter Crane concluded his apprenticeship with William James Linton in 1862; the following year he began his association with Edmund Evans. Evans was a printer who had developed his business by producing inexpensive novels, largely intended for railway travel. Crane originally was hired to prepare cover designs for these novels, but Evans quickly perceived that Crane's strength was in imaginative work, and he channeled the artist's efforts toward a new line of children's books. These slim volumes had a larger range of printed color than previous works; Crane quickly adapted his style to benefit this process, and the "toybook," as it came to be known, occupied his efforts for the next decade.
Crane produced dozens of inexpensive books for various publishers, on subjects ranging from fairy tales, English rhymes, and the Arabian Nights, to contemporary stories. After working exclusively with the publisher George Routledge—who refused to grant Crane a contract providing him royalties—Walter Crane and Edmund Evans, in 1876, once again began working for a variety of clients. Crane had built his reputation with children's books, and, after departing from the realm of the toybook, he moved on to more substantial volumes for children.
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