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|Title||Act 4. Scene II. THURIO. - How now, Sir Proteus, are you crept before us?|
|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.
In Crane's print, Proteus enacts his plan to challenge Thurio for Silvia's hand. In Thurio's attempt to entreat Silvia, he hires a band of musicians to play underneath her window. As the music stops, Proteus drives Thurio away by convincing him that he will do the honourable thing and plead the case of his rival. Instead, Proteus takes the acclaim for the ode.
Lettered at lower left corner of image with 'C' encircling a small image of a bird, as a reference to 'Crane.'