Bellerophon slays the chimera (1893)

Illustration by Walter Crane.
I stumbled upon this plate whilst browsing through the archives of rare children’s literature on the LOC’s digitized collection and thought, “Oh, I shall share this artist’s work! He’s good!” I discovered that Crane is in fact widely regarded as one of the all time greats of 19th century children’s literature illustrators. Crane was a politically active radical Socialist and interesting cat, rubbing elbows with some of the time’s more outspoken activists.


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