Walter Crane, 1845-1915

Crane, Bluebeard

Bluebeard’s Bride. Note the wall panel behind her featuring her precursor in curiousity, Eve.

Watercolorist Walter Crane was a Socialist and a noteworthy contributor to the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Like his friend, the movement’s founder William Morris, Crane’s artistic vision was to bring beauty and sensibility to people’s daily lives: their clothing, their homes, their useful objects. Thus, he illustrated practical and educational materials and texts as well as literature and classics such as Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and Grimm’s Household Tales. His fine linework, decorative backdrops and page layouts summon images of old illuminated manuscripts. No effort was too tedious to discourage beauty in the most common of locations!

Crane, Jack

Jack appears to descend an Arts and Crafts wallpaper beanstalk.

Walter Cranes beloved “Lion and Dove”wallpaper panel is still available today through Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers.

Crane, Bradbury

About mary grace ketner

My lawyer tells me I should not put the words "Fairy Tale Lobbyist" on my business cards but rather "Representative" and "National Fairy Tale Association." But I'm not, and there isn't one. Even so, I don't think I'm going it alone.

4 responses

  1. It felt like warm sweetness on this snowy, cold day in the NE, a day my daffodils suffered through. Alas. They return each year, and my tulips are yet to come. With sun, they will sing as these illustrations and your words do. (Can you tell I spent a blissful weekend at a STORY Fire?