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.
Decorative page from The Six Swans by Walter Crane