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|Title||Act 1. Scene II. JULIA.- "To Julia." - Say, from whom? LUCETTA.- That the contents will show.|
|Artist||Duncan C.Dallas after Walter Crane|
|Date||Published by J.M Dent & Co., Aldine House, London, 1894.|
|Size||Image 192 x 142 mm|
|Notes||From a series of eight wood engravings illustrating Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, issued unbound in 1894. The set was limited to 650 copies.|
Walter Crane (1845–1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most prolific and influential children's book creator of his generation. He is also thought of as one of the strongest contributors to the child's nursery motif that the genre of English children's illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter nineteenth-century. A prominent part of the Arts and Crafts movement, Crane produced an array of paintings and illustrations, inspired by writers such as Shakespeare, Spenser and Grimm.
Crane's illustration pictures Lucetta, the servant of Julia, counselling her mistress on the subject of love. In her hand is the libidinous letter that the maid received from Proteus, whilst in the guise of her employer. A statue of cupid looms on the left, aiming an arrow at Julia.
Lettered at lower right corner of image with 'C' encircling a small image of a bird, as a reference to 'Crane.'