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Walter Crane
Dates: British, 1845 - 1915
Biographical Account:

Crane was the son of Thomas Crane, a portrait painter and as a teenager was apprenticed to W J Linton as an engraver. Based in London, he enjoyed a career as a painter, designer, illustrator and author. His work was varied, ranging from ceramic design for Wedgewood to wallpaper design, children's illustration and decorative painting. Unsurprisingly, his own books were about decoration and design, and he was a great supporter of government-sponsored education in art.


In 1888 Crane established alongside a group of artists and designers including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society and became its first president. During the 1890s he also became Director of Design at Manchester School of Art and Principal of the Royal College of Art, London.

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