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Proof of front cover for 'Time' magazine

Walter Crane (1845-1915)

WCA.1.1.3.76

Title Proof of front cover for 'Time' magazine
Object type Proof
Artist/maker Walter Crane (1845-1915)
Support Paper
Medium Ink (Printed In Black)
Dimensions h:356 w:230
Accession number WCA.1.1.3.76

The Walter Crane Archive: Illustration and Book Design: Periodicals: Time Magazine

In this design, Crane has decided to depict Time as a young man sowing his crops, rather than employ the traditional image of an aged figure with a scythe. This design was first printed to cover the January 1890 edition of the magazine which contained a note by Crane describing his new design:

"Time, you see, is young, like the world. If he is swift-winged, he is also heavy-footed; and he cannot be always using a sickle, if he does not sow also. The snake twines in the border with the staff of life and its flower. So much for the intention.
Time, by the way, wears the "bonnet rouge". For who will dispute he is a revolutionist-if also an evolutionist?"

The Walter Crane Archive: Illustration and Book Design: Periodicals: Time Magazine

In this design, Crane has decided to depict Time as a young man sowing his crops, rather than employ the traditional image of an aged figure with a scythe. This design was first printed to cover the January 1890 edition of the magazine which contained a note by Crane describing his new design:

"Time, you see, is young, like the world. If he is swift-winged, he is also heavy-footed; and he cannot be always using a sickle, if he does not sow also. The snake twines in the border with the staff of life and its flower. So much for the intention.
Time, by the way, wears the "bonnet rouge". For who will dispute he is a revolutionist-if also an evolutionist?"

Walter Crane (1845-1915)

Born in Liverpool, Crane is best known as a prolific designer and book illustrator. In 1871 after his marriage he spent two years in Italy. He was a member of the Royal Institute from 1882 to 1886 but resigned inorder to become a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1889. In later life Crane was a committed Socialist and follower of William Morris.Walter Crane is well known for his accomplishments in illustration, painting and design. At the age of 13, he became the apprentice of the wood-engraver William James Linton, after which time he became a nursery-book illustrator. Crane drew subjects from his book illustrations for his designs. These complicated patterns often included the motifs of figures, animals and birds. Crane designed wallpapers for Jeffery and Co. between 1874 and 1912. His textile designs were produced by companies such as Liberty, Wardle and Co., Birch, Gibson & Co., and John Wilson. Crane was well-connected in the art world in Great Britain and abroad. He knew William Morris and designed a tapestry for Morris & Co. He attended meeting of The Fifteen from 1882, which later merged with the students of Norman Shaw to become the Art Workers' Guild in 1888. In 1888, Crane became the Master of Guild as well as the President of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, of which he was a founder member, and through which he regularly exhibited. Crane also became the Director of Design at Manchester Municipal College in 1893 and the Principal of the Royal College of Art in 1898. In addition to extensive lecturing, Crane wrote books about design theory such as The Bases of Design (1898) and Line and Form (1900).