Walter Crane (1845 – 1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and amongst the most prolific of children’s book producers of his generation and one of the biggest contributors to the children’s nursery motif in its developmental stages in the late 19th century.
Crane’s work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the late 19th century. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement, being clearly influenced by Edward Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelite artists, and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children’s books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.
Crane’s painting “Neptune’s Horses” is an iconic image depicting the power of the sea. The god Neptune charges forward with his horses, boldly rising from the waves. There is no specific narrative to the design but Neptune has long been associated with horses and (as Poseidon) was described in Homer’s Iliad. Instead of hooves, their feet are webbed which indicates they are probably the mythical sea-horses known as hippocamps or hippocampus. Hippocamps appear in Greek, Roman and Etruscan mythology.
The original painting was painted in 1892 at the apex of the Symbolist movement. It is in the collection of the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
Perfect for coffee, tea and hot chocolate, this classic shape white, durable ceramic mug in the most popular size. High quality sublimation printing makes it an appreciated gift to every true hot beverage lover.
In white ceramic with printing all around to the handle, this is an 11oz mug, that holds around 0.33 litres of coffee, chocolate and tea. Durable and with a print made to last, this mug is a perfect gift for who you love, and for you.
- Height, in 3.75
- Diameter, in 3.15