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Man encountering beast in doorway

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pen and ink drawing on card of a man holding a lantern encountering a beast through an open doorway. A spider's web stretches across the doorway. The man has a sword sheathed at his waist; he holds the lantern up into the beast's face in his right hand and pushes the door open with his left hand. The doorway is a stone arch; the door wooden. The beast growls ferociously at the man, standing on two legs, bearing its fangs and threatening the man with its sharp claws. With white highlights. Illustration drawn within black border.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1880 (made)


Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on card

Marks and inscriptions

'From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier'
Bookplate on verso

Initialled in pencil by Anne Renier on verso

Artist's monogram in bottom right corner of drawing

'Drawn by my late Father / Walter Crane R.W.S. / signed Lionel F. Crane'
Pencil inscription on verso


Height: 305 mm Whole, Width: 241 mm Whole

Object history note

Drawn by Walter Crane, ca.1880. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink drawing by Walter Crane, ca.1880.


Card; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

Swords; Doorframes; Men; Doors; Spider web; Mythological beasts; Lanterns (lighting devices); Arches


Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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