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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. “Day of Rest”. “Peep-Show”. “Saturday Journal”. “Evening Hours”. “Good Things”. 1873 & onward. 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. XXXII. Day of Rest. Peep Show. Saturday Journal. Evening Hours. Good Things. 1873-76'. The album includes approximately 344 wood-engraved proofs, with many touched proofs. Following the title- page there is a contents page written by the Dalziels, indicating which of the five periodicals is illustrated in which part of the album.
The album includes an unusual number of partial proofs, showing just a portion of a block (e.g. 116, 132, 141, 144, 146, 164-166, 172-175, 178-181, 279-280, 311). Unlike similar instances in previous volumes of the archive, these are not pasted beside the full versions.
Individual prints include the following:
1-195: Titles and numerous illustrations for the magazine ‘Day of Rest’, published by Strahan. Many of these have a date of delivery in Dalziel’s hand (January 6th 1873 to December 1876). Illustrations include many contemporary narrative images, and also biblical illustrations, as well as some landscape images and a few of astronomy. ‘Day of Rest’ was a large format magazine and this series includes an unusually high proportion of large-scale wood engravings, printed from multiple blocks. In numerous cases, the joins between blocks are clearly visible in the proofs. In addition, many of these proofs have been printed on more than one sheet of paper, stuck together. Sometimes the different sheets of paper do not coincide with changes in blocks (e.g. 61). Sometimes a considerable gap has been left where two blocks join (e.g. 11-12), and at times an extra strip of printed paper has later been pasted in to mask this join (e.g. 23, 52?, 60, 102). There are sparce but potentially useful notes on production, such as ‘D’ or ‘En’ noted beside proofs, presumable for ‘drawn’ and ‘engraved’? Series includes:
No. 108: a large scale (331 x 241 mm) version of the earlier wood engraving ‘The Lost Piece of Silver’ (140 x 108 mm), which was made by Dalziel after John Everett Millais and published in 1864 as part of the fine art book ‘Parables of Our Lord’ (London: Routledge, 1864)
Nos. 143-143a, 152: colour-printed covers for ‘The Day of Rest’.
No. 187: landscape with crucifixion; a heavily touched proof (in the sky area) with considerable annotation for corrections. Some of the marginal corrections have been trimmed off by the engraver (as is common in the albums).
Nos. 196-217: titles and numerous illustrations for the magazine ‘Evening Hours: a Family Magazine’, published by Strahan. Includes many illustrations to the serial ‘Jonathan’ and ‘German Love’. Series also includes a partial proof and proof printed on blue paper of the cover to ‘Evening Hours’ (nos. 196-197).
Nos. 221-263: part cover, decorative embellishments, and numerous comical illustrations for the magazine ‘The Peep Show: A Picture Magazine for Little Readers’, published by Strahan.
Nos. 264-283: titles and various illustrations for ‘The Saturday Journal’, published by Strahan, including the summer serial.
Nos. 284-344: numerous miscellaneous small illustrations, including insect images and riddle pictures, for the magazine ‘Good Things for the Young’, published by Strahan. Note that ‘Good Things’ was the continuation of the earlier magazine, ‘Good Words for the the Young’.
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Print made by: Dalziel Brothers (All)
Published by: Alexander Strahan (All)
After: Barbara Allen (No. 330(s))
After: Frederick Barnard (Nos. 15-18(m), 67(m), 189-190(m), 191?(m?), 192(m))
After: Robert Barnes (Nos. 4(m), 5, 35(m))
After: William Rice Buckman (Nos. 26-32(m), 42(m), 49(m), 64(m), 72, 142 (intermediary draughtman, mostly after photographs, plus one after a painting by Houghton; unsigned print is attributed to Buckman in faint pencil, in Dalziel's hand))
After: Edward Gurden Dalziel (Nos. 36(m), 106(m))
After: Francis Arthur Fraser (Nos. 9(m), 11-13(m), 23(m), 41(m), 45-46(m), 54-55(m), 59(m), 70-71(m), 83(m), 87(m), 102(m), 104(m), 111(m), 153-156(m), 199(m), 201-202(m), 207(m), 209(m), 211(m))
After: Henry French (Nos. 66(m), 194-195(m))
After: Townley Green (Nos. 52(m), 61-62(m), 73(m), 75-77(m), 86(m), 112(m), 114(m), 117(m), 119(m), 122-125(m), 133(m))
After: Arthur Boyd Houghton (No. 142)
After: John Leighton (Nos. 1, 2(s&m), 3(m), 221(s))
After: Thomas Robert Macquoid (No. 170(s))
After: J Mahoney (Nos. 14(m), 38(m), 82(m), 89(m), 99(m), 103(m), 110(m), 113(m), 118(m), 129-131(m))
After: John Everett Millais (No. 108(m))
After: Thomas Sulman (Nos. 24(s), 88(s), 90(s))
After: John Gordon Thomson (Nos. 81(m))
After: Francis S Walker (Nos. 7-7a(m), 78-79(m), 85(m))
After: W J Wiegand (Nos. 222-224, 225(m), 226, 227-228(m), 229,-232, 233(m), 234-238, 239(m), 240, 241(m), 242-246, 247(m), 248-253, 254(m), 255 (unsigned prints attributed by Robin de Beaumont and on grounds of style and continuity))
After: Johann Baptist Zwecker (Nos. 6(m), 48(m))
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Height: 449 millimetres (size of bound album)
Thickness: 37 millimetres (size of bound album)
Width: 296 millimetres (size of bound album)
- 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).
This is one in a series of 49 albums in the British Museum with proof impressions of wood engravings by the Brothers Dalziel.
An overview of the album has been offered here, but it would be possible to identify more writers, titles, artists and publishers on inspection and with further research.
In many cases, designers have been listed for the wood engravings. Where no attribution comments are given, evidence is clear and has been verified (e.g. through publication details, etc.). Further, some indication has also been given throughout when a designer's work is signed with signature or monogram. After the producer's name and the print number or range, the letter 's' in parentheses indicates a signature, the letter 'm' a monogram, and neither letter indicates a print that is unsigned by the draughtsman or draughtswoman. In addition, most of the proofs have the Dalziels' signature, although some do not. The presence/absence of the Dalziel signature has not been catalogued, since it is known that all these prints are by them.
The album includes some hand-written annotation, including brief notes written at the Dalziel office, and some designers and publication details added more recently, e.g. by Robin de Beaumont.
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