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Artist: Donn P. Crane

SIR GALAHAD & HOLY GRAIL. Sir Galahad, as King of Sarras, kneels at the sight of the Holy Grail. Drawing by Donn P. Crane, early 20th century.

The Six Swans -- Donn P. Crane -- Fairytale Illustration

  • MaryAnn Hardy

    I am thrilled to see Donn Crane's illustrations here on in your site. His illustrations enthralled me when I was a child, and still do. Some years ago, I discovered a decent, short biography of him on the internet. It was like meeting a long admired guest in my life.

  • Tektonten Papercraft

    Thank you for commenting. Happy to meet a fellow fan of Donn P. Crane! I have only become acquainted with Crane's art through images on the Internet. His style is delightful. I hope to one day own a book that contains his illustrations.

  • MaryAnn Hardy

    You can find My Bookhouse on eBay, which contain MANY of his illustrations. I was raised on My Bookhouse (ca. 1912-1967). The Middle years editions, 30's-50's seem to contain the best, and most illustrations. I have loved Donn P. Crane since I was 7 yrs. old . :) I've also seen sites with posters of his illustrations. Did you know that he was not trained? He had innate talent and brilliance.

  • MaryAnn Hardy

    (My Bookhouse, 6 volumes in the earliest editions, 12 volumes in later -- '37 -- editions).

Donn P. Crane - Bedeviled

The Pictorial Arts: Bedeviled

The Treasure Chest of my Bookhouse (1920), Illustration by Donn P. Crane

Marketplace of Aztec City Tenochtitlan in Ancient Mexico Book Illustration, 1949, by Donn P. Crane.

1922 joust illustration by Donn P. Crane

Donn P. Crane illustration for the poem “The Bugle Song” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Dante and Virgil Meet Charon on the River Styx by Donn P. Crane

Carried away by the witchery of the clever, fascinating Cleopatra, the coarse, pleasure-loving Antony, master of the eastern Mediterranean, at once becomes her devoted slave.

Frey, god of sunshine, on his golden boar whose bristles symbolize the sunbeams, and Freya, his sister, in her chariot drawn by cats. Illustration by Donn P. Crane

Donn P Crane | Teleleli

A flying dragon chariot? Illustration by Donn P. Crane

The faithful women see Jesus risen from the dead.

Pilate shows Jesus to the mob from the loggia adjoining the Judgement Hall.

Jesus before Herod Antipas

The Pictorial Arts: Resistance to Progressive Thought