Peacock Drawing

Part of drawing lesson on creating different textures, this peacock drawing would make a great coloring image. It is from a book on learning to draw by one of the greatest illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration – Walter Crane (1845–1915).

Crane was one of the most prolific children’s book illustrators of his time. Who better to publish a book on drawing? Line and Form was published in 1900. It included this black and white peacock drawing along with a number of drawings and illustrations that I will be adding to Reusable Art in the future.

A friend of mine had a peacock on her family farm. The bird had a thing for red things. Her little red MG had to be locked up, otherwise their peacock would attack the car and damage the paint.

Peacocks are originally from Asia and Africa. While they are primarily kept today as ornamental pets or for their feathers, they were eaten by the gentry during Medieval times. Thank goodness that stopped generations ago.

Bird images like this one are among my favorites, the fact that it was drawn by Walter Crane makes it even better. His work is always interesting.

peacock drawing by walter crane

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.