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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


The Work of Walter Crane


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.








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




Walter Crane by GF Watts.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The illustrators archive

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



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3 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Ian Bell


    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:
    Ian Bell.

  2. #2 posted by John


    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:


    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. #3 posted by Ian Bell


    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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