The six framed art works by Walter Crane grace
a corridor on the ground floor of St. Grimbald’s Court.
I Had a Little Nut Tree appeared in the 1877 “Baby’s Opera”, a book of English nursery songs planned with Edmund Evans.
About the artist:
On November 13th, 1887, Crane was involved in, along with William Morris and H.M. Hyndman, in what became known as Bloody Sunday (A meeting in Trafalgar Square to protest against the policies of the Conservative Government headed by the Marquess of Salisbury.)
Crane recalled: “I never saw anything more like real warfare in my life – only the attack was all on one side. The police, in spite of their numbers, apparently thought they could not cope with the crowd…”
As a result of a suggestion by a fellow socialist, Crane designed twelve illustrations that showed heroic deeds carried out by working-class people. These included Alice Ayres who died while rescuing three children from a fire as well as two Paisley railway workers who were killed during an attempt to help others in trouble. This work was first exhibited at the 1890 Arts and Crafts Exhibition.
High quality images came from Paul Webb’s blog. It can be found here.