During the early 1880s Walter Crane met William Morris and became an activist for the Socialist cause. He wrote poems and essays, lectured, designed membership cards, magazine covers, pamphlets and leaflets. This Arts and Crafts-style cartoon is one of a series that he published for The Clarion in annual observance of May Day, which had become an international worker’s holiday in observance of the Haymarket affair of 1886. An allegorical figure evocative of pre-industrial England presents a garland of Socialist ideals; “No people can be free while dependent for their bread,” “Cooperation and Emulation, not Competition,” “No child toilers,” “Hope in work & joy in leisure,” “Production for use, not for profit,” and so on. This and other political cartoons by Crane were collected into the book Cartoons for the Cause, published in 1896.
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Walter Crane : “A Garland for May 1895” (1895)
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