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Proof of illustrated page from 'Queen Summer, or the Tourney of the Lily and the Rose'

Walter Crane (1845-1915)

WCA.1.1.1.3.35

Title Proof of illustrated page from 'Queen Summer, or the Tourney of the Lily and the Rose'
Object type Proof
Artist/maker Walter Crane (1845-1915)
Support Paper
Medium Ink (Black)
Marks and
Inscriptions
Numbered '25' in pencil.
Dimensions h:226 w:188
Accession number WCA.1.1.1.3.35
Description Uncoloured proof printed in black ink. Proof features a full-page illustration with incorporated text. Illustration depicts a kneeling, female figure wearing a crown and long robe. To the left of the page is a small rose bush and to the right are stems of lilies.

The Walter Crane Archive: 'The Tourney of the Lily and the Rose'

This ornately illustrated book reflect Crane's interest in medieval manuscripts. The recurring symbols of the lily and rose are strongly associated with the Aesthetic movement.

The Walter Crane Archive: 'The Tourney of the Lily and the Rose'

This ornately illustrated book reflect Crane's interest in medieval manuscripts. The recurring symbols of the lily and rose are strongly associated with the Aesthetic movement.

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).