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Book illustration - Quarles' Emblems
  • Quarles' Emblems
    Bennett, Charles Henry, born 1829 - died 1867
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Quarles' Emblems

  • Object:

    Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1860 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bennett, Charles Henry, born 1829 - died 1867 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 190

Physical description

A cherub falling from an orb, the globe of which has broken from its cross, implanted in the ground. This book illustration is in a rectangular portrait format border in the centre of the sheet of laid paper.

Proof of book illustration for opposite 'Emblem IX' 38 p. of 'Book The First. The Invocation' for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'. Charles Henry Bennett drew on wood for this engraving to be made by a wood-engraver.

'Emblem IX.' 'The world passeth away, and all the lusts thereof.' - I JOHN II.17

Place of Origin

London (published)


1860 (designed)


Bennett, Charles Henry, born 1829 - died 1867 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signature; Bottom left of the central book illustration.; wood-engraving; ink


Height: 22.3 cm, Width: 16.2 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: These book illustrations are part of the W.Harry Rogers Archive and to quote the information on the archive provided by 'RW' on 6 February 1998 on the registered file 1997/1476:-
'It is extraordinarily rare to have this kind of documentation at this level of production for the middle decades of the 19th century. The fact the (sic) the state of the designs ranges from rough sketches to finished drawings and proofs allows the pieces to document the design process very closely.'

Descriptive line

Proof book illustration to 'Quarles' Emblems', 1861, wood-engraving by Charles Henry Bennett.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985. 18 p. ISBN 0859641392
Houfe, Simon 'The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists'. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Baron Publishing, Antique Collectors' Club, revised 1981 233 p. ISBN 0902028731

Production Note

The date '1860' on the proof for the book illustration E.867-1998 and '1859' on the border E.890-1998 suggests that the proofs were drawn on the wood-engraving block in 1859 and 1860 for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'.


Laid paper


Wood-engraving (process)

Subjects depicted



EMBLEMS: Quarles' Emblems; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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