Walter Crane

CHT163210 Neptune’s Horses, illustration for ‘The Greek Mythological Legend’, published in London, 1910 (colour litho) (see also 169595) by Crane, Walter (1845-1915); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; ( Les Chevaux de Neptune, illustration pour ‘La Legende mythologique grecque’;); Archives Charmet; English, out of copyright

Born on August 15th, 1845, Walter Crane is known as one of the most influential and popular children’s book creators during his generation.  His works helped develop the ‘child-in-the-garden’ motifs present in many nursery rhymes and stories, and he also produced an extraordinary amount of books, illustrations, paintings, and works of art.  Crane was also well-known for many of his images associated with the worldwide Socialist movement. One of these works is titled Cartoons for a Cause (1886).  Two of his other works include An Artist’s Reminiscences (1907) and William Morris to Whistler (1911).  Some of his famous illustrations and paintings include “Baby’s Own Aesop” (1887), “Neptune’s Horses” (1892), and lunettes at the Royal West of England Academy (1913).  I think it is interesting how Crane exhibits three different techniques in each illustration. The cover of “Baby’s Own Aesop” is the simplest of the three. “Neptune’s Horses” has a rougher, more dangerous tone, while the lunettes have a polished, sophisticated and medieval air to them. 

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