Patterson (Catharine T.) collection of Walter Crane
The collection contains original sketches, drawings, proof sheets, autograph manuscripts, and autograph letters from and to the British illustrator Walter Crane. Prominent material includes correspondence, drawings, and proofs related to Crane's commission to illustrate A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1893), and a group of unpublished illustrated storybooks he created for his children Beatrice, Lionel, and Lancelot. Other correspondents include Crane patrons Ethel Alec-Tweedie and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, and colleagues such as Elkin Mathew, William Morris, Charles Rowley, and David Croal Thomson. Also present is an autographed portrait photograph of Crane by Elliott & Fry of London, a painted silk fan, embroidered and batik-dyed textiles, and a full-color preparatory drawing of his Vineyard wallpaper pattern. The collection also holds a bookplate designed for Crane by Henry Ospovat (1877-1909).