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