About this artwork

‘The Scottish Art Review’ was originally envisaged as a journal which would promote the Glasgow Boys’ ideology. It was a serious, rather dry publication, containing articles on contemporary architecture and music as well as painting, poetry and literature. From the 1860s Crane worked on illustrations for children’s books and soon developed the distinctive Symbolist style apparent here, which often featured mythical or allegorical subjects. Crane had an international reputation as an illustrator, and was in constant demand for his designs for stylised book covers and advertisements. In 1898 he designed a similar cover for the weekly magazine Jugend (the origin of the German term for Art Nouveau, Jugendstil).

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Design for a Cover for the Scottish Art Review
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • materials:
    Pen and watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    36.00 x 24.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1930
  • accession number:
    D 3757
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
  • glossary:
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Walter Crane

Walter Crane