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The Art & Illustration of Walter Crane
     

The Art & Illustration of Walter Crane

by Walter Crane
 

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A prominent figure in the Victorian art world, Walter Crane not only participated in the late nineteenth century's publishing revolution but also led the way toward the Golden Age of Illustration. Crane was instrumental in the transition from simple black-and-white illustrations for children's books to gallery-quality artwork. This original collection features more

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A prominent figure in the Victorian art world, Walter Crane not only participated in the late nineteenth century's publishing revolution but also led the way toward the Golden Age of Illustration. Crane was instrumental in the transition from simple black-and-white illustrations for children's books to gallery-quality artwork. This original collection features more than one hundred of the influential artist's brilliant images. It constitutes a survey of his paintings as well as a visual history of the development of the first color illustrations.
Few artists of Crane's generation achieved careers as varied and successful as his. This compilation reflects the diversity of his subjects, from images for alphabet books, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales to scenes from stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood to illustrations inspired by the classics of Shakespeare, Hawthorne, and Spenser. Editor Jeff A. Menges provides an Introduction that places the artist and his works in historic context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486135830
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
01/16/2013
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,198,552
File size:
41 MB
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The Art & Illustration of Walter Crane


By Walter Crane, Jeff A. Menges

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-13583-0



CHAPTER 1

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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Meet the Author


A native of Liverpool, Walter Crane (1845-1915) was the son of a lithographer and painter who achieved early success with his color illustrations for children's books. His later art includes illustrations for the works of Shakespeare and Spencer as well as political cartoons. 

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