Walter Crane (1845-1915)

9th October 2013

Walter Crane (1845-1915) moved in the same circles as William Morris and was an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement.  Crane first met  William Morris when Crane was only 25 years old.  Over a decade later Morris and Crane  became close friends.

Crane began his career as a wood engraver and was very influenced  by the work of John Tenniel and  the PreRaphaelites, particularly  Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JE Millais, and Frederick Sandys.  Like Aubrey Beardsley, Crane was also very influenced by Japanese art.   Crane was prolific designer and he was also a prolific illustrator, particularly of children’s books.  The Goose Girl illustration taken from Crane’s Household Stories from Grimm (1882) was translated into a tapestry design by William Morris.

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Decorative page from The Six Swans by Walter Crane