Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New

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George Bell & Sons, 1905 - 341 páginas
This book is a study of illustrated manuscripts and books, written?by Walter Crane.?
 

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Beauty and the Beast, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and more - while the beautiful illustration of Walter Crane (1845-1915) could be found in a wide variety of books in the late 19th century, he was best known for the rich, colorful art he added to children's books, nursery rhymes in particular. Under Crane's pens and brushes, ogres and princesses, dragons and elves, children and their stories came to life - and came to be collectible.
Walter Crane (1845 - 1915) was an English artist best known for his illustrations of children's books, nursery rhymes in particular. He was also an ardent socialist, believing strongly in the importance of art, culture and craftsmanship in the world. He joined the Arts and Crafts movement which began in England in the late 19th century, and strove to make art a part of everyday life. Crane's journey as an artist began in earnest during his early adolescence when he spent three years as an apprentice to wood-engraver William James Linton.
Crane's study of wood-engraving, as well as methods such as Japanese wood blocks and color prints led him to create some of the era's most rich, detailed children's art. He was the man behind Toy Books, so-called because of their small size and short length - perfect for little hands and imaginations.
In addition to his passion for children's illustration and painted art, Crane also spent time in his career pursuing interests in interior design, ceramics and textiles. Those interested in his artistic techniques and methods may wish to read his books Line and Form and Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New. He died in 1915, having become well-known and admired. His contributions and influence can still be seen in contemporary children's illustrations.
 

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Página 279 - O SACRED hunger of ambitious mindes, And impotent desire of men to raine ! Whom neither dread of God, that devils bindes, Nor lawes of men, that common- weales containe, Nor bands of nature, that wilde beastes restraine, Can keepe from outrage and from doing wrong, Where they may hope a kingdome to obtaine : No faith so firme, no trust can be so strong, No love so lasting then, that may enduren long.
Página v - Johnston of the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art in this connection cannot be too highly spoken of.
Página 215 - I think that book illustration should be something more than a collection of accidental sketches. Since one cannot ignore the constructive organic element in the formation — the idea of the book it- A BOOKPLATE. ^ self — it is so far inartistic to leave it out of account in designing work, intended to form an essential or integral part of that book.
Página 154 - The books for babies, current at that time — about 1 865 to 1 870 — of the cheaper sort called toy books were not very inspiriting. These were generally careless and unimaginative woodcuts, very casually coloured by hand, dabs of pink and emerald green being laid on across faces and frocks with a somewhat reckless aim.
Página 128 - K plate, requiring a different process of printing, and exhibiting as a necessary consequence such different qualities of line and effect, cannot harmonize, with type and the conditions of the surface-printed page, since it is not in any mechanical relation with them. This mechanical relation is really the key to all good and therefore organic design ; and therefore it is that design was in sounder condition when mechanical conditions and relations were simpler. A new invention often has a dislocating...
Página 158 - AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH American art. (STRAHAN, 1871.) japan iS, or was. a country very much, as regards its arts and handicrafts with the exception of architecture, in the condition of a European country in the Middle Ages, with wonderfully skilled artists and craftsmen in all manner of work of the decorative kind, who were under the influence of a free and informal naturalism.
Página 156 - Children's books and so-called children's books hold a peculiar position. They are attractive to designers of an imaginative tendency, for in a sober and matter-of-fact age they afford perhaps the only outlet for unrestricted flights of fancy open to the modern illustrator, who likes to revolt against 'the despotism of facts-'."2 Children, too, like to and do revolt against "the despotism of facts.
Página 47 - Scotland during the last years of the fifteenth century and the early years of the sixteenth. THE MAKCULLOCH MS. The poems in Scots in this MS. are written on the flyleaves and blank pages. The MS. is thus described by Miss Catherine R. Borland:1 "Paper, 11#
Página 154 - It was, however, the influence of some Japanese printed pictures given to me by a lieutenant in the navy, who had brought them home from there as curiosities, which I believe, though I drew inspiration from many sources, gave the real impulse to that treatment in strong outlines, and flat tints and solid blacks, which I adopted with variations HENRY HOLIDAY. INTRODUCTION . . . SONNET— "AN INVITATION.
Página 144 - Turner, are characteristic of the taste of the period, and show about the high-water mark of the skill of the book engravers on steel. Stothard's designs are the only ones which have claims to be decorative, and he is always a graceful designer. Turner's landscapes, exquisite in themselves, and engraved with marvellous delicacy, do not in any sense decorate the page, and from that point of view are merely shapeless blots of printers...

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