Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection

Book: page from A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden

  • Written and illustrated by Walter Crane (1845–1915)
    New York, ca. 1899
    Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution Libraries,
    NX650 .F57C89 1899
    Photo: Matt Flynn

  • In British Arts and Crafts designer Walter Crane’s illustration, a human figure morphs into floral forms. We like the idea of building from nature, as if we were its extension. Several of our works feature agglomerations or repetitions of single elements that add up to form something new, just as in this illustration.

Browse the collection: creating texture, entwining, inspiring arrow, morphing nature, quizzical delicacy, solid dreams, whimsy kaleidoscope
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