Fashionable Promenades: Kensington Gardens on a Band Day

Artist: Walter Crane (1845–1915)

Engraver: W. J. Linton



7 ½ x 4 ½ inches

Illustration for London Society 2 (July–December 1862), facing p.172. This image is quite unlike Crane’s other work for children’s books and it is interesting, further, to consider how it fits with his political beliefs as a socialist. It is possible, perhaps, to detect an element of satirical overstatement in his showing of the ‘wealthy idle’. Nevertheless, the effect is celebratory rather than critical, and perfectly expresses the magazine’s emphasis on showy display.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

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