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Walter Crane

Author, Illustrator

(1845 - 1915)

Walter Crane

Walter Crane was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most prolific and influential children’s book creator of his generation.

Along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, his is considered one of the strongest contributors to the child’s nursery motif that the genre of English children’s illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter 19th century.

His work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children’s stories for decades to come.

He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.



Bibliography

The Absurd ABC (1874)

Short beautifully illustrated and engraved A-Z book with a nursery rhyme theme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Absurd ABC (1896)

Short beautifully illustrated and engraved A-Z book with a nursery rhyme theme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Adventures of Herr Baby (1881)

In this biographical story, an English toddler journeys with with his family and his German nanny to the south of France. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Mrs. Molesworth
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Adventures of Puffy (1870)

A fluffy white Maltese dog gets into no end of trouble. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Aladdin: or The Wonderful Lamp (1875)

New lamps for old! and a most obliging genie. Read for free online at Internet Archive and at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Aladdin’s Picture Book (1876)

Omnibus containing Aladdin, The Hind in the Wood, Princess Belle Etoile, and The Yellow Dwarf.

Read for free online at Toronto Public Library. NOTE: that link downloads a very large file.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1873)

A boy is cutting firewood in the forest. He overhears some thieves open the way into a cave with the words “open sesame.” This is one of the best-known tales from the Arabian Nights. Read for free online at Internet Archive and at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Alphabet of Old Friends (1874)

The letters of the alphabet are presented through traditional nursery rhymes, set in gilded letters and paintings. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Alphabet of Old Friends (1890)

This is the later reprint edition. The letters of the alphabet are presented through traditional nursery rhymes, set in gilded letters and paintings. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Annie and Jack in London (1869)

An illustrated tour of London in the 1860’s. Read for free online at the University of Florida.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Art of Walter Crane (1902)

A critical appraisal of the work of Walter Crane. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Paul George Konody
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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An Artist’s Reminiscences (1907)

An autobiography of the prolific Victorian artist and socialist. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Walter Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Baby’s Bouquet (1878)

A collection of popular nursery songs with music and illustrations. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Baby’s Opera (1877)

A collection of nursery rhymes with music and pictures. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Lucy Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Baby’s Own Alphabet (1875)

An illustrated ABC. Read for free online at Internet Archive. This is a collection of several of Walter Crane’s Toy Books.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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The Baby’s Own Æsop (1887)

Aesop’s Fables, condensed and converted to rhyme. Read for free online at Internet Archive and at the University of Florida.

Author(s): W. J. Linton
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Beatrice Crane: Her Book: The 2nd June 1st 1879 (1983)

A collection of pictures for the artist’s daughter.

Author(s): Walter Crane
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Beauty and the Beast (1874)

The classic tale of a daughter who redeems her father and saves her husband. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Beauty and the Beast (1895)

The classic tale of a daughter who redeems her father and saves her husband. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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