In 1989, the Whitworth Art Gallery of the University of Manchester, as part of its centenary celebrations, mounted a major Walter Crane (1845–1915) exhibition aiming to cover all his multifarious activities. In this journal, the review by Hazel Clark of the accompanying publication—Walter Crane 1845–1915: Artist, Designer and Socialist (eds., Greg Smyth and Sara Hyde)—commented that although it was both a commendable exhibition and publication, Crane awaited a truly comprehensive retrospective and nothing yet had superseded Isobel Spencer's earlier monograph on Crane (Studio Vista, 1975), which remains today the standard source on the artist.1 Remarkably, in the intervening twenty years or so since then very little has been published on Walter Crane. This makes the appearance of Morna O’Neill's ‘Art and Labour's Cause is One’: Water Crane and Manchester, 1880–1915...

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