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Quarles' Emblems

Book Illustration
1860 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Two illustrations, one above the other, the top one depicts the Star of Zion with a Hebrew inscription and the bottom one shows a harp tipped with crowns.

The top illustration is the proof for that which surmounts the top of border E.994-1998 for the book illustration E.1020-1998 for opposite 'Emblem XIV' 'Book The Fifth' and the bottom illustration is the proof for that which underpins the bottom of the same border for the above book illustration for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'. W. Harry Rogers drew on wood for this engraving to be made by a wood-engraver.



'Emblem XIV' 'How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! PSALM LXXXIV.1


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood engraving on laid paper
Brief Description
Book illustration to 'Quarles' Emblems', 1861, wood-engraving by W.Harry Rogers.
Physical Description
Two illustrations, one above the other, the top one depicts the Star of Zion with a Hebrew inscription and the bottom one shows a harp tipped with crowns.



The top illustration is the proof for that which surmounts the top of border E.994-1998 for the book illustration E.1020-1998 for opposite 'Emblem XIV' 'Book The Fifth' and the bottom illustration is the proof for that which underpins the bottom of the same border for the above book illustration for the 1861 edition of 'Quarles' Emblems'. W. Harry Rogers drew on wood for this engraving to be made by a wood-engraver.







'Emblem XIV' 'How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! PSALM LXXXIV.1
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.5cm
  • Width: 17cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Book V - 14 / Top / Bottom' (Textual information; Top right of sheet of paper and to the right of each illustration.; Handwriting; Pencil)
  • 'WHR' (Signature; At the bottom of the harp in the bottom illustration.; Wood-engraving; Ink)
  • Inscription (Textual information; Hebrew; In the Star of Zion in the top illustration.; Wood-engraving; Ink)
Credit line
Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries
Object history
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.'
Production
The date '1860' on the proof for the book illustration E.867-1998 and '1859' for 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'.
Bibliographic References
  • Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985. 223 p. ISBN 0859641392
  • Houfe, Simon 'The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists'. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Baron Publishing, Antique Collectors' Club, revised 1981 437 p. ISBN 0902028731
  • Ball, Douglas 'Victorian Publishers' Bindings.' London: The Library Association, 1985. 90 p. and 155 p.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1021-1998

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