CRANE (WALTER) Collection of nine autograph letters signed ("Walter Crane"), Beaumont Lodge, Manchester School of Art, and Holland Street, 1887-1912; and two autograph letters by the early nineteenth century illustrator John Thurston
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CRANE (WALTER)
Collection of nine autograph letters signed ("Walter Crane"), Beaumont Lodge, Manchester School of Art, and Holland Street, 1887-1912; and two autograph letters by the early nineteenth century illustrator John Thurston
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 2,957) inc. premium

Lot Details
CRANE (WALTER)
Collection of nine autograph letters signed ("Walter Crane"), two in the third person, and an autograph Crane-and-rising-sun greeting card, to various correspondents including Arthur Pearson and his fellow students at the Manchester School of Art, the collector [M.H.] Spielmann and the art historian Gleeson White, comprising a long autograph letter of 1887, written for publication, to the Manchester students, discussing, inter alia, the claims of photography as a fine art ("...I have seen things in photography far beyond anything in modern painting, which indeed cannot really approach it in the rendering of some effects of lighting a relief. Of course there is no beauty of colour, & neither do we find any in the modern continental schools. Tone & values, if you like, but not colour. I think it would be a pity if we were in too great a hurry to acquire foreign dexterities at the price of certain valuable English characteristics...") and reiterating his belief in the South Kensington system and the primacy of outline ("...I consider outline the most terse & expressive method in design, & the most direct language though the simplest for the embodiment of one's thoughts. It is the Alpha & Omega of Art..."); in other letters, declining to write a life of William Morris ("...The Socialist movement & The Arts & Crafts movement brought Morris & myself into closer relationship, though I had known him years before, but I was never one of his intimates... Someday I might try, if it is not done better by another. There is no doubt that Morris as the result of his experience with the Socialist League, or in the course of the evolution of his ideas, did change his views – at least in regard to tactics..."), discussing the work of Fernand Khnopff ("...I thought his work most interesting always & I met him once in London. I believe he liked my work, too, & gave lectures on it..."), looking forward to his 1912 show at the Leicester ("...where my portrait for the Uffizi will be on view..."), offering advice on picture care ("...I have heard of pictures being rubbed with a potatoe[sic] – the half of one of course..."), discussing his work as a designer of Christmas cards, commenting on antiquarian books, recommending Quaritch, etc.; with two envelopes, the Manchester letter 7 folio pages, the rest 20 pages, the Manchester letter mounted on album leaves, some dust-staining and other minor staining, folio and 8vo, Beaumont Lodge, Manchester School of Art, and Holland Street, 1887-1912

Footnotes

  • A MANIFESTO FOR THE ARTS-AND-CRAFTS MOVEMENT BY WALTER CRANE, written for the benefit of the students at the Manchester School of Art, of which Crane was to be Director of Design between 1893 and 1898; together with letters by Crane about William Morris, Fernand Khnopff and others.

    Included in the lot are two autograph letters by the prolific early nineteenth century illustrator John Thurston, to his engraver Charlton Nesbit, discussing alterations he has made to proofs of illustrations, 1814-18.
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