The Art & Illustration of 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 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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486475868
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

THE OLD GARDEN AND OTHER VERSES
Margaret Deland
Osgood McIlvaine & Co., London, 1893
 
Adventure in the Nursery
THE SIXPENCE TOY BOOKS                                         
George Routledge and Sons, 1874
     The Forty Thieves
     Goody Two Shoes
     Jack and the Beanstalk
     My Mother
     The Three Bears

THE BABY'S OPERA
Walter Crane 
George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., London and New York, 1877
 
THE NECKLACE OF PRINCESS FIORIMONDE AND OTHER STORIES 
Mary De Morgan 
Macmillan and Co., London, 1880
 
HOUSEHOLD STORIES BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM
The Brothers Grimm 
Longman's, Green, and Co., 1882
 
PAN PIPES: A BOOK OF OLD SONGS
Theo Marzials 
George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., London and New York, 1883
 
BRIC-A-BRAC STORIES
Mrs. Burton Harrison 
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1885
 
The Golden Primer and Beyond
THE GOLDEN PRIMER
Prof. J. M. D. Mieklejohn
Mieklejohn and Holden, 1885
 
POTHOOKS AND PERSEVERENCE: OR, THE ABC-SERPENT
Walter Crane 
Marcus Ward and Co. Ltd., London, 1886
 
THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES
Oscar Wilde 
Longmans, Green, and Co., London and New York, 1888
 
THE BOOK OF WEDDING DAYS
K. E. J. Reid, May Ross, and Mabel Bamfield
Longmans, Green, and Co., London and New York, 1889
 
FLORA'S FEAST: A MASQUE OF FLOWERS
Walter Crane 
Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, Paris, New York & 
Melbourne, 1889
 
QUEEN SUMMER: OR, THE TOURNEY OF THE LILY AND
   THE ROSE
Walter Crane
Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, Paris, New York &
Melbourne, 1891
 
A WONDER BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., London, 1892
 
THE TEMPEST
William Shakespeare
J. M. Dent and Company, London, 1893
 
A BOOK OF CHRISTMAS VERSE
H. C. Beeching 
Methuen and Company, London, 1895
 
THE FAERIE QUEENE
Edmund Spenser 
George Allen, London, 1894–96
 
THE HISTORY OF REYNARD THE FOX
F. S. Ellis 
David Nutt, London, 1897
 
THE SHEPHEARD'S CALENDER
Edmund Spenser
Harper & Brothers, London & New York, 1898
 
DON QUIXOTE OF THE MANCHA
retold by Judge Parry
John Lane, New York, 1900
 
A MASQUE OF DAYS
Elia
Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, Paris, New York &
Melbourne, 1901
 
FLOWERS FROM SHAKESPEARE'S GARDEN
Walter Crane
Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, Paris, New York &
Melbourne, 1906

The Later Years
 
KING ARTHUR'S KNIGHTS
Henry Gilbert
T. C. and E. C. Jack, London and Edinburgh, 1911
 
ROBIN HOOD AND THE MEN OF THE GREENWOOD,
Henry Gilbert
T. C. and E. C. Jack, London and Edinburgh, 1912

Gallery Painting and Design

 

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