Walter Crane (1845-1915)

English artist and book illustrator

Considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children’s book creator of his generation, Walter Crane was a follower of the newer art movements and was a diligent student of the renowned artist and critic John Ruskin. He was a student who admired the masters of the Italian Renaissance; however, he was more influenced by the Elgin marbles in the British Museum. A further and important element in the development of his talent was the study of Japanese colour-prints, the methods of which he imitated in a series of toy books, which started a new fashion.