Design for Trade Card [The Sun Life Assurance Society]

Walter Crane British

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Crane was a prolific designer of a range of printed materials including playbills, magazine covers, private view invitations and posters. He also received many commissions from commercial organizations for documents including, as here, a certificate for an insurance company, Sun Life Assurance Society, which was founded in 1810. The dynamic design features a charioteer charging forward led by four galloping horses, silhouetted against a blazing sunburst, in reference to the company's name. Blank areas were left throughout the design to be filled later; the intended lettering is faintly indicated by the artist in graphite.

Design for Trade Card [The Sun Life Assurance Society], Walter Crane (British, Liverpool 1845–1915 Horsham), Pen and brown ink over graphite

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