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Babes in the wood

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1881,1112.159

  • Title (object)

    • Babes in the wood
  • Description

    Babes in the Wood; two young children, looking upwards to left, frightened, the girl clasping her hands together, the boy with his arms around her neck, protectively, a small dragon hanging on a string by their heads to left and a statuette of a lion and a baton on a table in front to right; engraver's proof. 1880
    Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1880
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 367 millimetres
    • Width: 276 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in pencil on the recto by the engraver; scratched at the base of the image 'H H 80'.
        Annotated in pencil on the recto 'Babes in the wood Etched by H Herkomer'.
  • Curator's comments

    The print appeared in 'The Art Journal' in January 1881, opposite p.26 and was lettered 'Drawn and etched by Hubert Herkomer'. The print received this commentary; 'The artist's children, playing at a game which is better known in Germany than here, pursue their way through a forest (represented by the old familiar wooden tree on the table) infested with lions, dragons, and other beasts of prey. The affected terror on their faces is delightfully rendered' ('Our illustrations', 'The Art Journal', January 1881, p.28).

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  • Location

    Not on display (BH/FF10/British XIXc Unmounted Portfolio)

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Art Journal
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1881

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1881,1112.159

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