children's books

The House that Jack Built


Walter Crane was introduced to the arts early in life as the second son of Thomas Crane, a portrait painter and miniaturist. The younger Crane was apprenticed to a wood engraver at an early age and also began enrolling in drawing classes. He illustrated his first children’s books in the 1860s, working under Edmund Evans. Children’s wallpapers first appeared in the 1870s and were printed by engraved copper rollers in a monochromatic sepia colorway.
nursery, wallpaper, aesthetic, dog, cat, 19th century, nursery rhyme, children's books

Wall Stories: Children's Wallpaper and Books


This exhibition will explore the relationship between wallpapers and books created for children through works from the permanent collection and the National Design Library. From their beginning in the 1870s, children's wallpapers have been strongly influenced by literature and popular culture. 
Wall Stories, Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books, National Design Library, exhibitions, wallpaper, permanent collection, pop-up books, children's books