Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The rebus of Walter Crane

Well known in his lifetime as an illustrator of children's books, there is plenty of information on the web about 
Walter Crane 

There are several versions of a rebus used by Crane. The one illustrated here is the figure of the crane, with the capital "W" below it. This engraving, entitled: "King Bag and his bag", is the frontispiece plate of the work by Heraclitus Grey, pseud. [i.e. Charles Marshall] King Gab’s Story Bag, and the wonderful stories it contained. London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, [1869]. You can see Crane's rebus printed in the right hand corner of the illustration. The book is in the De Beaumont collection, Prints & Drawings, the British Museum (1992-0406-122). 


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