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- Object: India-Proofs of Wood-Engravings by The Brothers Dalziel
Album with hand-written title page: 'India-Proofs of Wood-Engravings by The Brothers Dalziel. General Work - Various. 1859. This Book was made up at the time the engravings shown in it were done.' Half-bound in brown leather and gilt; lettering on spine reads 'Wood-Engravings by the Brothers Dalziel. XII. Various Works. 1859'. The album includes approximately 1580 wood-engraved proofs.
The album includes numerous book illustrations of all sorts, with a large number of children's illustrations, including of fairy tales including 'Cinderella', 'The Three Bears' and 'Tom Thumb'. There are many technical illustrations, for example showing machine parts, and there are decorative borders and other ornamental wood engravings.There are commercial illustrations showing clothing and accessories, including scarves, gloves, parasols, jackets, skirts, ribbons etc. In addition there are marine prints, numerous equine illustrations (showing whole horses and close ups of nose, hooves etc.), and a large number of literary illustrations to poems, novels and many miscellaneous publications.
Individual prints include the following:
No. 769: a design engraved after Hablot K Browne for the monthly wrapper to Dickens's 'Tale of Two Cities' (London: Chapman & Hall, 1859).
Nos. 816-819: four illustrations after John Everett Millais for the periodical 'Once a Week'.
Nos. 1148-1156: illustrations after John Leighton to Jacob Cats and Robert Farlie, 'Moral Emblems' (London: Longman, 1860).
Nos. 1173-1201: illustrations after John Tenniel to Thomas Moore, 'Lalla Rookh: An Oriental Romance' (London: Longman, Green, Longman & Roberts, 1860). For the rest of the series, see reg. no. 1913,0415.174.
Nos. 1261-1268: seven full-page illustrations and an illustrated title page to [John McGilchrist], 'Men Who Have Made Themselves' (London: James Blackwood, 1860).
Nos. 1269-1368: illustrations after numerous artists to James Montgomery, 'Poems', edited by Robert Aris Willmott (London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1860). For a copy of the published book, see ref. no. 1992,0406.227; for some of the woodblocks, see 1996,1104.51, 1992,0406.412 and 1996,1104.52.
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Print made by: Dalziel Brothers (All)
After: Sir John Gilbert (Nos. 817a, 1269-82, 1288-9, 1294, 1300-11, 1332-8, 1364-8 (most have Gilbert's monogram, and all were identified as his by Campbell Dodgson))
After: Harrison William Weir (Nos. 595-610, 783-4, 808-13, 845, 920-54, 981-3, 1291-2, 1317, 1319, 1329-30, 1339(?), 1340 (many with signature or monogram, all attributed by Campbell Dodgson, with query as indicated))
After: Thomas Bolton Gilchrist Septimus Dalziel (Nos. 1261(?)-8(?), 1491-4 (two with monogram; all attributed by Campbell Dodgson, with queries as indicated))
After: Myles Birket Foster (Nos. 818a, 1283-4, 1286-7, 1293, 1295-9, 1312-3, 1316, 1320, 1322-5, 1341-62 (almost all with monogram or signature and all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: Frederick Richard Pickersgill (No. 1285 (with monogram))
After: Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz) (No. 769)
After: James Godwin (Nos. 678, 785-8 (all but one with signature; all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: H S Barton (Nos. 585, 589 (both with signature))
After: Joseph Wolf (Nos. 821, 1290, 1315, 1318(?), 1326-8, 1331, 1363 (all but one with monogram; that one attributed by Campbell Dodgson, with query, as indicated))
After: John Absolon (Nos. 127-30 (all but one with monogram; all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: Charles Henry Bennett (Nos. 863-92 (many with monogram, plus title-page acknowledging his designs))
After: Edward Henry Corbould (Nos. 776-7, 819a, 820, 823-4, 1023-35, 1041-8 (many with signature or monogram; all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: Edward Duncan (Nos. 1314, 1321 (both with monogram, and attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: William Harvey (Nos. 1318(?), 1339(?) (both tentatively attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: John Everett Millais (Nos. 815-9 (all with monogram))
After: Sir Joseph Noel Paton (Nos. 690-1, 693 (all with monogram))
After: Sir John Tenniel (Nos. 814, 1173-1201 (most with monogram, and all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: Johann Baptist Zwecker (Nos. 1065, 1496, 1506, 1514, 1523 (all with monogram or signature; all attributed by Campbell Dodgson))
After: John Dawson Watson (Nos. 955-962, 1009-1011 (most with monogram; all attributed in the albums in an unidentified hand))
After: John Leighton (Nos. 1148-56)
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- Curator's comments
- Catalogued by Bethan Stevens (University of Sussex) in partnership with the British Museum and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); digital photography by Sylph Editions, London (www.sylpheditions.com).
At the front of the volume is a handwritten list of artists linked to several of the prints. The handwriting has been identified as Campbell Dodgson's, after comparison with the bound volume 'Specimens of Handwriting', held in the British Museum Print Room. Where no comments are given after the names of producers, evidence is clear and has been verified (e.g. signed print, publication details, etc.). An overview of the album has been offered here, but it would be possible to identify more publications and artists on inspection and with further research.
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