Walter Crane, born Liverpool 1845 – 1915, was an illustrator of children’s books, a painter, interior designer, wallpaper and textile designer, ceramic designer, graphic designer and socialist. In his lifetime his work was collected in Germany and America, he was decorated by governments in Italy and Hungary and regarded as a major influence on the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. He was a founding member of the Art Workers Guild, a part-time director of design at the Manchester School of Art and in 1898 was appointed Principal of Royal College of Art.
A Masque of Days contains forty of his illustrations printed on one side of the paper only with French folds. Crane also designed the end-papers. The book is now about to be passed on to my daughter in Australia who has developed a passion for children’s illustrated books to add to her collection. I decided before it leaves my hands to copy a few of the pages and share them on this blog.
Post Published by Tom King 18th June 09