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1845 - 15 August: born in Liverpool, to Thomas Crane and Marie Kearsley ; childhood spent in Torquay.

1857 - Family moved to London.

1859 - Apprenticed as draughtsman on wood to W J Linton for three years.

1862 - First painting exhibited at the Royal Academy - The Lady of Shalott

1865 - Began designing Toy Books for Routledge

1867 - Began decorating and designing ceramics for Wedgwood

1870 - Love's Altar exhibited at Old Bond Street Gallery

1871 - Met William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and - Philip Webb for first time 6 September : married Mary Frances Andrews Toured Germany, Switzerland Italy ; settled in Rome -

1873 - February : daughter, Beatrice, born - May : returned to London from Italy

1874 - Designed first set of nursery tiles for Maw & Co

1875 - Designed first wallpaper for Jeffrey & Co - Began association with the Royal School of Art Needlework

1876 - May: son, Lionel, born

1877 - The Renascence of Venus exhibited at the first Grosvenor Gallery exhibition

1880 - Began work on decorations for No i Holland Park

1881 - 31st March: death of sister, Lucy

1883 - September : family went to Rome Painted Skeleton in Armour panels for Library of Vinland, near Newport, Rhode Island - Spring : returned to England

1884 - Art Workers' Guild formed

1885 - Joined the Socialist League

1886 - Joined the Fabian Society

1887 - Narrowly escaped injury and arrest during mass meeting at Trafalgar Square

1888 - First exhibition held by the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society ; Crane wrote introduction to catalogue

1889 - A Diver, watercolour, won silver medal at Paris

1890 - Universal Exhibition Toured Bohemia

189I - Renascence: A Book of Verse published - Summer : first retrospective exhibition held at the Fine Art Society October : family went to America, accompanying a travelling exhibition of Crane's work

1892 - Toured America ; returned to live at 13 Holland Street

1893 - The Claims of Decorative Art published Appointed part-time Director of Design at Manchester School of Art; resigned in 1896

1896 - Touring exhibition moved to Scandinavia

1898Appointed Principal of Royal College of Art

1899 - The Bases of Design published Designed firework display for May Day celebrations at Crystal Palace Performed in Beauty's Awakening, a masque by the Art Workers' Guild at the Guildhall, London

1900 - Touring exhibition visited Hungary Line and Form published

1903 - Resigned from the Fabian Society Became full member Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours

1905 - Ideals in Art published

1907 - Received Albert Gold Medal at Society of Arts An Artist's Reminiscences published

1909 - Signed over rights of 27 Toy Books to John Lane & Co

1912 - Painted self-portrait for Uffizi

1915 - 14 March : died at Horsham Cottage Hospital From Walter Crane: Artist, Designer and Socialist edited by Greg Smith and Sarah Hyde

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