Written works

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 WCA/2/3
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      3 subseries, 27 items, 1427 sheets.

Scope and Content

This series includes both manuscript and printed examples of Walter Crane's literary output. There are sixteen of his holograph manuscripts, including some unpublished children's stories, essays and papers on art and related subjects, and manuscripts of his published works. The latter include:

  • WCA/2/3/1/1: Thoughts on the Relation of Painting to Poetry and Music (1866);
  • WCA/2/3/1/5: The Red Spectre, or The Death of King Nomos, a dramatic poem (1895-96);
  • WCA/2/3/1/8: Ideals in Art (London: George Bell & Sons, 1905);
  • WCA/2/3/1/9: Line and Form (London: George Bell & Sons, 1900).

There are also papers given as a series of lectures, The Language of Line (WCA/2/3/1/10 ), notes for his Cantor Lectures on The Decorative Illustration of Books, 1889 (WCA/2/3/1/16 ) and a proposed course for the Royal College of Art on Monumental Sculpture and Mural Painting, 1898 (WCA/2/3/1/13 ).

Crane's published volumes in this series are as follows:

  • WCA/2/3/2/1: On the Study and Practice of Art (1893);
  • WCA/2/3/2/2: The Bases of Design (1898);
  • WCA/2/3/2/3: Line and Form (1900);
  • WCA/2/3/2/4: Of The Decorative Illustration of Books (1901);
  • WCA/2/3/2/5: Ideals in Art (1905);
  • WCA/2/3/2/6: William Morris to Whistler Papers on Art and Craft and the Commonweal (1911).

There are also bundles of printed proofs relating to many of the above publications, though sporadic in nature, and additionally of William Morris's Story of the Glittering Plain (Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894) and The Faerie Queene (London: George Allen, 1894).