Walter Crane (1845–1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most prolific and influential children’s book creator of his generation and, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway. His work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterise 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.
For full biographical notes on Walter Crane see part 1, and for earlier works see parts 1 - 11 also.
This is part 12 of a 12-part post on the children's books of Walter Crane:
1911 King Arthur's Knights:
|Young Owen appeals to the King|
| Arthur draws the sword from the stone|
|King Arthur asks the Lady of the Lake for the sword Excalibur|
|Sir Lancelot in The Chapel Perilous|
|Beaumain wins the fight at the ford|
|The Witch gives advice as to Sir Tristram's wound|
|Sir Geraint and The Lady Enid in the deserted Roman town|
|Young Perceval questions Sir Owen|
|Perceval obtains The Shield of the Beating Heart|
|Sir Owen greets The Lady of the Fountain|
|The Death-Journey of the Lily Maid of Astolat|
|Sir Galahad is brought to the Court of King Arthur|
|The fight in the Queen's ante-chamber|
|Sir Lancelot forbids Sir Bors to slay the King|
|Sir Belvedere casts the sword Excalibur into the lake|
|The death of Sir Lancelot|
1911 Rumbo Rhymes:
|Title page 1|
|Title page 2|
|"The kingdom of the Earth's for man - |
At least he acts upon that plan."
|"The victims of the pot and pan - |
Went forth against the tyrant man."
|"Snakes, locusts, snails, worms, owls and bats, |
The feline race - stoats, weasels, rats."
|"The lobster with his cousin crab |
Came dressed in purple trimmed with drab."
|"The salmon, sole, the plaice and pike - |
In short, all sorts of fish men like."
|"The 'chair' was taken by an Ape, |
A human Ourang from the Cape."
|"And all of them obeyed the speaker, |
Except an Irish porcine squeaker."
|"A well-bred horse was first to speak |
In nods and neighs which would be Greek."
|"But up there rose with grace and ease, |
The sprightly Sultan of the fleas."
|"It might do for a mouse's trap, |
But we are wise - ha ha - 'verb-sap.' "
|"But as he would still try to speak, |
A starling took him in his beak."
|"The crab exclaimed 'O what disgrace, |
That we of a more ancient race -' "
|" An elephant declared that he |
Would always be man's enemy."
|"A wild duck said that in the sky |
"Twas now impossible to fly."
|"Said pretty Polly, as she woke, |
'He-haw - that's true!' exclaimed the moke."
|"With soulful sigh he thus began, |
'Our common enemy is man.' "
|"His submarines now plough the deep, |
And wake us when we try to sleep."
|"A turkey, goose and guinea hen |
Affirmed their troubles came from men."
|" A lion roaring in his rage, |
Suggested hot irons and a cage."
|"The worm not only turned but shook, |
And squirmed as if upon a hook."
|"Man had no friend except the dog."|
|"The man who heeds not simply dies. |
'Hic jacet' marking where he lies."