A chilly start to the New Year!

A brave pursuit to rival Christmas swimming – New Year’s Day skating from January in Walter Crane’s Book of Wedding Days, part of the Children’s Books at Special Collections and Archives.

The book of wedding days: quotations for every day in the year (London and New York: Longmans, 1889) SPEC JUV.509:13 was compiled by K. E. J. Reid, May Ross and Mabel Bamfield, and has ornate decorations for each page by the Liverpool-born artist Walter Crane (1845-1915), ‘signed’ with his device incorporating his initials and a sketch of a crane.

Walter Crane's pictorial signature device