Walter Crane

English painter, illustrator and designer. Prominent in the Arts and Crafts Movement and strongly influenced by the Pre -Raphaelites, Crane was both a fierce critic of Art Nouveau and an early inspiration for many artists who adopted the style. His illustrations for Fiord’s Feast (1889) display many of the features of Art Nouveau. Crane exhibited in Belgium in the early 1890’s where his work reached a progressive audience, and from 1894 he produced designs for the Kelmscott Press, set up by William Morris. He became principal of the Royal College of Art in London in 1898, and traveled and lectured extensively across Europe and the United States.