‘In the Corner’

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Text

The work of Crane and other Arts and Crafts illustrators created a ... group of picture books for children in which illustration was integral to the books’ design. They presented a fantasy, nursery-rhyme childhood in which adults were peripheral or simply ridiculous. [The image here] is from a similarly conceived art book illustrated by J.G. Sowerby and Thomas Crane, At Home of 1881, which makes a direct and humorous analogy between childhood, home and book. It opens into a Queen Anne-style house of the type associated with the Aesthetic Movement where, page by page, the young reader is led through its rooms, finding little Lettice aged three who, distracted by here Aesthetic surroundings, refuses to learn her ABC.

Commentary

Rebecca Preston describes the relationship between prescriptive literature and illustration centred around home-based stories. The Illustrator Walter Crane produced images for one such series of books, an example of which is included here.

Themes

Prescription

Dominant Representational Strategies

Idea

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Unspecified

Activities

Type
Physical States and Actions
Detail
Standing

Rooms

Type
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Children
Female

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
Furniture
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail
Seating
Supporting, Storage and Display

Bibliography

Aynsley, J., and Grant, C., eds., Imagined Interiors, London: V&A Publications, 2006, p.217.

Direct Cross-References

Indirect Cross-References

‘The Pear’

1868

Book, HM1132

‘Now be quiet, all of you, I’m going to begin’

Walter Crane 1884

Book, HM1133

Names
J.G. Sowerby
Thomas Crane
Date(s)
1881
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Book
Type
Genre
Other Non-Fictional Prose
Publication
Coloured lithograph from At Home by J.G. Sowerby and Thomas Crane
Copyright
Location
Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library, 60.U.22
Record ID
HM1134