V & A Almond Blossom and Swallow Magnetic Notepad
From the V & A Museum collection, perforated tear off top sheet 'To Do' notepad with magnetic strip on the reverse.
50 lined sheets in the beautiful design 'Almond Blossom and Swallow' by Walter Crane (1845-1915) with cover flap and magnet.
Notepad measures: 21 cm high x 10 cm wide x 0.7 cm thick.
Designed and Made in Britain.
Almond Blossom and Swallow was designed as a wallpaper frieze by Crane in 1878. The frieze was exhibited at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1878, together with the filling, where it was awarded a gold medal.
We also have a set of notecards, slim notebook and bookmark featuring designs by Walter Crane.
Walter Crane (1845 – 1915) was a British artist and book illustrator. Crane’s vivid imagination was well suited to children’s books, where he could apply his imagination to illustrate children’s nursery rhymes and fairy tales in short, inexpensive picture books referred to as Toy Books (popular in the Victorian era) for Routledge Publishing. Crane illustrated thirty-seven toy books over the next ten years, earning him the title “academician of the nursery,” and effectively pigeon-holing his artistic style as that of a children’s book illustrator. Crane’s most famous work is often considered to be the illustrations he created for Edmund Spenser’s 16th century epic poem, The Faerie Queene (originally published 1590). The design elements of the Arts and Crafts Movement clearly influenced Crane’s style in these illustrations where he looked to the English Gothic style for inspiration, viewing it as an honest time where the artists were craftsmen, and the craftsmen were artists.