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|Title||Act 2. Scene III. LAUNCE. - He is a stone, a very pebble stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog.|
|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.
Walter Crane's scene shows Proteus's servant Launce, and his dog, Crab, as they dally en route to his master's departing ship. Water, and docked vessels, are framed by buildings on the left. The print shows Launce in characteristically clownish mood. He laments that his family were distraught when he departed for the emperor's court, whilst his surly hound is yet to show any signs of despondency.
Lettered at lower left corner of image with 'C' encircling a small image of a bird, as a reference to 'Crane.'