Every once in a while you find a little treasure that you can’t stop peeping at. I found this one in the V&A bookshop last week.
‘A Flower Wedding’ by Walter Crane bound in cream cloth with a gold spine, this is an illustrated story of the marriage of Lad’s Love and Miss Meadow Sweet where Crane takes the opportunity to draw and mention as many flower names as possible! Each page will bring a surge of delight to any illustrator, flower lover or child.
I’ve since started trawling the internet for more of Crane’s books and this could be the beginning of many happy purchases.
From what I have seen Walter Crane (1845-1915) had quite a few strings to his bow. One of the most influential children’s books illustrator of his generation and founded the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1888, to name a few!
Look at some of his other books that I will hopefully be feasting my eyes on very soon.