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Walter Crane
CUPID'S ARROW
Estimate
20,00030,000
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20
Walter Crane
CUPID'S ARROW
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Walter Crane
CUPID'S ARROW
signed by the artist with his familiar crane monogram and dated
watercolor painting
14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
(368 x 368 mm)
Executed in 1885
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Catalogue Note

A lovely painting by this important Victorian children’s book artist, probably intended as a Valentine or marriage gift. The medium is very delicate, and would have taken considerable skill.

This painting was exhibited in the Summer Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1886. It was reproduced (in a simplified version) on the title-page of the catalogue of that exhibition, Grosvenor Notes 1886 (edited by Henry Blackburn) published by Chatto & Windus, May 1886, in which it is listed as “A Naughty Little Boy with Boy and Arrow” (#267).

This exhibition was reviewed by George Bernard Shaw, where he refers to our painting in passing: "Mr. Walter Crane’s Cupid apparently painted on a handkerchief." (See "In the Picture-Galleries, The Grosvenor [Second Notice]" in The World, May 12, 1886).

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