Cinderella by Walter Crane

Small series of fairy costume designs by Walter Crane (1845 – 1915 English)

Walter Crane was a prolific illustrator of children’s book in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He significantly influenced the development of children’s nursery book illustration styles, along with his contemporaries artists Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott. Beginning in 1864 he began illustrating a series of children’s books, with sharp outlines in his illustrations and flat tints and colors in his paintings (as pictured). He was also involved in hand illustrating the text of the books, similar to the approach of the illuminated books from earlier times, and was also influenced by his studies in Japanese art. From that time he went on to illustrate numerous books and other projects during the 1880’s and 1890’s in various styles and techniques. He produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, ceramic tiles, wallpapers, stained glass designs, and other decorative arts such as the fairy costumes presented here. He also wrote and illustrated (3) books of poetry. Crane was both an accomplished oil and also water color painter, being elected to ‘Institute of Painters in Water Colours’ in 1886 and two years later joining the ‘Water Colour Society’ in London. Examples of his varied works are pictured below the fairy costumes, for reference.

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‘Cinderella and Fairy God Mother’ by Walter Crane
‘The Frog Asks To Be Allowed To Enter The Castle’ Illustration for ‘The Frog Prince’ (1874)
‘The Man That Pleased None’ (1887)
Diana and Endymion (1883)
Ruth and Boaz (1863)
‘The Lady of Shalott’ (1862)
The Swan Maidens (1894)
‘The Lady of Shalott’ (1862)