Friday 14 June 2024

Walter Crane - part 7

Walter Crane (15 August 1845 – 14 March 1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children's book creators of his generation and, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, 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 later 19th century.

Crane's 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, wallpapers and other decorative arts. Crane is also remembered for his creation of a number of iconic images associated with the international socialist movement.

For more in-depth biographical notes see part 1, and for earlier works see parts 1 - 6 also.

This is part 7 of a 19-part series on the works of Walter Crane.

1877 The Baby's Opera

published by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London 

The Baby's Opera is one of the classic cooperations between Walter Crane and Edmund Evans. It's a picture book with a selection of well-known children's songs and nursery rhymes with lyrics, sheet music and illustrations. Some of the songs are accompanied with full page pictures but most are only decorated with colourful borders and whimsical details, so typical for Crane's style.

End paper

Frontispiece - King Cole

Title Page

Contents Page

Girls and Boys

Here we round the mulberry bush

The Mulberry Bush

Oranges & Lemons

St. Paul's Steeple

My Ladys Garden

How does my Lady's garden grow?

Natural History

Lavender Blue

I saw three ships

I saw three ships

Ding Dong Bell

Puss at Court

Jack and Jill

Jack & Jill

Three Blind Mice

Warm Hands.

Dance a Baby.

Dickory Dock.

My Pretty Maid.

Where are you going to my pretty maid?

Frog & Ye Crow

Frog & Ye Crow

Mrs Bond

Mrs Bond

Xmas Day in ye Morning.

Little Jack Horner.

King Arthur

Ye Good King Arthur

Ye Jolly Miller

Ye Song of Sixpence

Bo Peep

Little Bo-Peep.

Ye Frog's Wooing

Ye Frog's Wooing

There was a lady loved a swine

There was a lady loved a swine

Baa! Baa! Black Sheep.

Tom, the Piper's Son.

I had a little nut tree.

I had a little nut tree

Over the hills and far away.

The Plough Boy in luck.

Dr. Faustus.

Three Children.


Cock Robin and Jenny Wren

King Cole

Back Cover

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