Walter Crane

1 portrait on display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery

Walter Crane, by Flora Lion, 1911 - NPG 6943 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Walter Crane

by Flora Lion
crayon, 1911
10 1/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (259 mm x 176 mm)
Purchased, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6943


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

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This drawing marks the difference between Crane's costumed appearance and his contemporary self-image. This thoughtful portrait by Flora Lion, who had a successful career painting society figures, was made towards the end of Walter Crane's life. Her drawing conveys the still dapper character of the man, who was now an established figure in the British art world. With his distinctive, jaunty moustache, Crane was known for his enjoyment of dressing up and the flamboyant, bohemian persona he projected as an artist.