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Guide to the Walter Crane Drawings and Papers TAM 308

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 14, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Walter Crane Drawings and Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1877-1963; bulk 1877-1925
Dates [bulk]: 1877-1925
Abstract: Walter Crane was a British artist, illustrator, author, socialist, and leading practitioner of the Arts and Crafts movement. This collections consists of letters, postcards, illustrations, a scrapbook, and a manuscript entitled "The Architecture of Art."
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 oversize flat box.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM 308

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Historical/Biographical Note

Walter Crane (1845-1915) was a British artist, illustrator, author, socialist, and leading practitioner of the Arts and Crafts movement. His illustrations and political cartoons appeared widely in labor and socialist circles, including newspapers, literature, and printed ephemera. Crane also provided illustrations for fine editions of classic and contemporary literature. He also wrote on topics of art theory, including The Claims of Decorative Art (1892), in which he argued that art could not flourish in a society with an unfairly distribution of wealth.

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Scope and Content Note

The Walter Crane Drawings and Papers contains letters, postcards, illustrations, a scrapbook, and a manuscript concerning Crane's artistic endeavors and socialist beliefs. Correspondence includes letters to Annie Besant, John Page Hopps, Harry Quilter, Edmund Russell, and various clients. Other materials include a poem; a memorial article; collection of socialist postcards; advertisements illustrated by Crane; a scrapbook containing several illustrated newspaper clippings; a manuscript entitled The Architecture of Art (1887); and the "Gesso Collection," a set of drawings and illustrations by Crane and others with accompanying notes concerning the use of gesso for preparing painting surfaces.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into one series: Papers. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Missing Title

  1. I, Papers.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Russell, Edmund.
  • Quilter, Harry, 1851-1907
  • Hopps, John Page, 1834-1911
  • Besant, Annie, 1847-1933
  • Crane, Walter, 1845-1915
  • Boni, Albert, 1892-1981

Document Type

  • Studies (visual works)
  • Postcards.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Illustrations (layout features).
  • Advertising cards.
  • Correspondence.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Topics

  • Socialism and art -- Great Britain.
  • Gesso.
  • Decoration and ornament, Architectural.
  • Arts and crafts movement -- Great Britain.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1879-1915, are expected to enter the public domain in 2070.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Albert Boni, April 8, 1971, who purchased these items in December 1970 from H. M. Fletcher Rare Books (London). The accession number related to this gift is 1971.009.

Processing Information Note

Materials in this collection had previously been artificially separated into two collections: Drawings and Papers. During processing, materials were integrated into one collection, due to the material's content and nature of the original donation. Materials have been rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Because of the variety of formats and sizes found in the collection, intellectual arrangement does not reflect physical arrangement in all instances. Select items have received conservation treatment.

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Container List

Series I: Papers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The Architecture of Art Manuscript
ca.1887
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Bases of Design: Chapter 1
circa 1902
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Bases of Design: Chapter 2
circa 1902
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bases of Design: Chapter 3
circa 1902
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Bases of Design: Chapter 4
circa 1902
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Bases of Design: Chapter 5
circa 1902
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Bases of Design: Chapter 7
circa 1902
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Besant, Annie: Letters to
1887-1888 , 1904
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bowers, Alfred: Letter to
Aug 15, 1893
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Brown, C.and E.: Letter to
Mar 26, 1896
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Clippings containing drawings by Walter Crane
1952-1963 , Undated
Flat-file: 1 Drawer : 2 "Der Triumph der Arbeit"
1891
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Foottit, Frederick F.
1891
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Gesso Collection: "The Dance" by Walter Crane
1889
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Gesso Collection: Illustrations, "The Treatment of Form in Gesso Decoration"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Gesso Collection: Illustration, "An Atlas of Astronomy" by Sir Robert Stawel Hall
1892
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Gesso Collection: Illustration, "The Diamond Jubilee Commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen"
1897
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Gesso Collection: Illustration, "The Treatment of Form in Gesso Decoration"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Gesso Collection: Illustration
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Gesso Collection: Illustrations
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Gesso Collection: Notes on Gesso by Walter Crane
Feb 1893 , Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Leaflet: "Children's Sunday," containing drawing by Walter Crane
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Nutt, W. D.: Letter to
Jan 4, 1901
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Postcards
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Quilter, Harry: Letters to
1888-1889 , 1898
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Russell, Edmund: Letter to
Sep 22, 1890
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Scottish Widows' Fund Mutual Life Assurance Society Advertising Card, containing drawing by Walter Crane
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Scrapbook: Bifolio 1: "Dear Thomas"
Jun 24, 1898
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Scrapbook: Bifolio 2: Clippings containing the poem and illustration, ""To Belgium" by Walter Crane
ca.1914 , Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Scrapbook: Bifolio 3: Letters and Clippings
ca.1899-1915 , Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Scrapbook: Letters
1879-1904 , Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 [Sherratt] and Hughes, Messrs : Letter to
Aug 18, 1900
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Studies of Drapery, Figure, and Costume (1 of 2 folders)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Studies of Drapery, Figure, and Costume (2 of 2 folders)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 "Vive le Commune" drawing
1887
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Wilshire, Gaylord
Sep 30, 1901

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