Walter Crane as Cimabue

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Walter Crane as Cimabue, by Sir Emery Walker, circa 1897 - NPG x131224 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Walter Crane as Cimabue

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1897
Given by Emery Walker Ltd, 1956
Photographs Collection
NPG x131224

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  • Walter Crane (1845-1915), Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist. Sitter in 17 portraits.

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  • Sir Emery Walker (1851-1933), Process-engraver and printer. Artist associated with 113 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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Sir Emery Walker's photographs of Walter Crane are a testament to the enduring appeal of fancy dress amongst artistic circles, and to the intellectual interests that underpinned these masquerades. A notable distinction of the nineteenth-century society's engagement with medievalism was their use of costume as a means of manifesting the past. Walter Crane was a leading illustrator and decorative artist, whose work encouraged a Medieval revival. The source of the imagery for this picture dates back to 1884, when Crane devised a tableau vivant celebrating the 'Arts of Italy' to help mark the re-inauguration of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in Piccadilly.

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