Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Lionel Francis Crane |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||May 1876 |
|Died: ||November 1943 |
|Bio Notes: ||Lionel Francis Crane was born in London in May 1876, the son of the artist-educator Commendatore Walter Crane and his wife Mary Francis Andrews. Together with his sister Beatrice and his brother Lancelot he was educated privately, probably because the Cranes travelled extensively, an extended visit to the USA being made in 1891. At the end of that visit in 1892 he was articled to Reginald Blomfield, followed by periods as an improver with Ernest George and Andrew Noble Prentice and attendance at the Royal Academy Schools in 1897 -1900. During these years he travelled in Italy, Austria, Germany and France. |
Crane commenced independent practice in 1900 and either then or shortly thereafter he entered into a little-known partnership with Detmar Blow which had closed by 1905 when Blow formed a partnership with the Ecole des Beaux Arts trained Fernand Billerey, Crane subsequently (prior to 1913) entering into partnership with the much younger William S Willan.
He was admitted LRIBA on 30 January 1911, his propsers being Martin Shaw Briggs, Horace Cowley Nesham Farquharson and Andrew Noble Prentice.
In 1913 Crane married the painter Frederick Sandysís youngest daughter Gertrude. She died in 1920, Crane then marrying her elder sister.
Crane died in November 1943.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|19, Church Street, Chelsea, London, England||Private|| || || |
|13, Holland Street, Kensington, London, England||Private||1898||1911||House of his parents.|
|14, North Audley Street, London, England||Private||1911|| || |
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|After 1901||Cottages for the British Aluminium Company||Foyers|| ||Inverness-shire||Scotland|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|British Architectural Library, RIBA||2001||Directory of British Architects 1834-1914|| || || |
|Spencer, Isobel||1975||Walter Crane|| || || |