Walter Crane (1845 – 1915) was an influential English book illustrator and an accomplished artist. His style for children’s books helped to define the genre, which would flourish even further in the 20th century. Walter was the son of a Thomas Crane, a miniaturist and portrait painter. Walter was greatly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites as he grew up and developed his own style. He would work with oil paints, watercolors, illustrations, plaster relief, stained glass, pottery, ceramic tiles, textiles and other media. Although he was not readily welcomed within the Royal Academy after his first exhibition, Crane enjoyed a good deal of success throughout his lifetime, exhibiting at prestigious galleries and creating many popular children’s books. He created some controversy for his political leanings, and he contributed work to socialist, libertarian, and anarchist publications.
Prelude No. 16 by Chris Zabriskie