Artichoke wallpaper by Walter Crane
printed by Jeffrey & Co., 1895
Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Walter Crane (1845-1915 ) in 1886
Walter Crane was a prolific artist and designer in late-19th-century England, best known as a book illustrator in arts & craft style. He also designed tiles and wallpaper.
Two of Crane's wallpaper designs appear in this 1902 German article.
To the left of CFA Voysey's Bird & Tulip, above,
Cockatoo & Pomegranate in the center.
In the center: Crane's The Hunt
next to a William Morris & Company design.
The Morris influence is obvious.
Crane's pomegranates, 1899
William Morris's pomegranates, 1866
Mary Frances Andrews Crane, 1886
In this photo from the Victoria & Albert collection
Crane's`wife's "rational dress" is printed with pairs of birds,
a variation of Morris's "Strawberry Thief" pattern.
Like his fellow aesthetic designers, Crane's repeat pattern work was for wall paper
rather than textiles, although easily adaptable.
His collectible books featured repeat pattern
The Victoria & Albert Museum is the source for Crane's wallpaper designs.
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