Once again I’ve been delving into the Walter Crane Archive here in the Prints and Drawings Study Room. We often get enquiries about Walter Crane and it’s great to make use of this rich and varied collection. The archive contains almost 5,000 objects which reflect the prolific and diverse career of this prominent 19th century painter /poet /socialist/designer /writer/ lecturer/ illustrator & party thrower!It’s a great resource for anybody interested in 19thcentury design,art and book illustration as well as theories around teaching and politics.

The archive is accessible via our online catalogue and by appointment to the study room. A children’s website makes use of games, puzzles and animations to bring Crane’s life and practice alive: http://www.waltercrane.org.uk.

A book published by the Whitworth, ‘From Toy Books to Bloody Sunday: Tales from The Walter Crane Archive’ gives further insight into the collection and is available in our shop.