The Work of Walter Crane

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Not the first time Walter Crane has been featured here but this slim volume (62 pages) is a useful overview of the artist’s work which covers all aspects of his career: fine art, book illustration, political design (Crane was a lifelong Socialist), textiles for William Morris, and interior design. There’s more Walter Crane at Wikimedia Commons.

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A sketch for Neptune’s Horses (1892), a painting which later inspired Jonathan Glazer’s celebrated Surfer ad for Guinness.

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Walter Crane by GF Watts.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Walter Crane’s Picture Books
William Morris and His Work
Walter Crane’s Household Stories

3 thoughts on “The Work of Walter Crane”

  1. John, hello again,
    A hiatus in contact since you reworked your relation to this site.
    I just wanted you to know that l occasionally use images/ideas from your site on my tumblr site, but that l always credit this site/site posts. I have done so perhaps 6 times re: Elie Grekoff drawings, Walter Crane etc – so , l just wanted to advise you of this, so you did not get caught unawares.
    Here’s a post l did today:
    https://dialogue-queered.tumblr.com/post/161950501773/wanting-more-a-great-walter-crane-image-a-post
    Best,
    Ian Bell.

  2. Hi Ian. A bit of a delayed response, we’ve just been through one of our sporadic heatwaves so I’ve been struggling to work while sweltering.

    I don’t have any problem with people reposting things from these pages without telling me so long as it’s not simply a copy of the entire post (which has happened a couple of times). I’m only part of a link in a chain passing on the work of others most of the time. As it happens I queered Walter Crane a little myself when I did my Dorian Gray illustrations:

    http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2012/11/23/picturing-dorian-gray/

    The two blindfolded figures holding hands were originally a single figure from a Crane illustration (I forget which) that I blended together. I hope the Walter’s shade doesn’t mind too much.

  3. Thanks John. Always a pleasure to come here and have new (for me) and carefully contextualised and interpreted visual experiences. I enjoy Crane’s work, and l also enjoy your reworking of his motifs in your post images. I like to gather together pieces on a theme, generally, so l shall find a way to use one or more of these images down the track. Every best wish with your various projects! Ian.

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