Children Illustrator Walter Crane Mrs Bond Antique Print
Children Walter Crane Illustrator Mrs Bond
Original Chromoxylograph by Edmund Evans after illustrator Walter Crane for "The Baby's Opera: Old Nursery Rhymes in New Dresses"
Printed by Edmund Evans, 1877
Collaboration between Edmund Evans and Crane: Between 1865 and 1876, Crane and Evans produced two or three toybooks a year. The earliest of the series (which grew in popularity) showed only two colours—red and blue—with black or blue used for the key block. Crane illustrated the early books, printed by Evans, in which the simple designs are presented without background ornamentation and printed only in red, blue and black. Between 1865 and 1886, Crane illustrated 50 toybooks, all of which were engraved and printed by Evans. These commercially successful books established Crane as one of the most popular illustrators of children's books in England.
Interesting detail is that Walter Crane signed his work with a whimsical picture: a tall crane stepping out of a "C".