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Book illustration - Spiritual Conceits
  • Spiritual Conceits
    Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909
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Spiritual Conceits

  • Object:

    Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1862 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909 (wood-engraver)
    Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:

    E.1032-1998

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Book illustration showing a figure of eight, containing a small cityscape representing Jerusalem at the top and an orb showing a fool's cap, dice and cards representing Babylon at the bottom, surrounded by trefoil leaf shapes.

Proof of book illustration on 3 p. opposite 'The Two Cities' by St. Augustine in 'Spiritual Conceits'. W. Harry Rogers drew on wood for this engraving to be made by the wood-engraver Joseph Swain.

There is a frame of sharp, vertical and horizontal creases enclosing the book illustration which is visible on the reverse.

'Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.' Coloss. iii.2

'Spiritual Conceits' extracted from the Writings of the fathers, the Old English poets, ec. (sic) & illustrated by W. Harry Rogers London (Griffith & Farran, corner of St. Paul's Churchyard 1862 MDCCCLVII'

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1862 (published)

Artist/maker

Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909 (wood-engraver)
Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'JERUSALEM / BABYLON'
Textual information; in the figure of eight; Wood-engraving; Ink

Dimensions

Height: 21.4 cm, Width: 16 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

Book illustration to 'Spiritual Conceits', 1862, designed by W.Harry Rogers and wood-engraving by Joseph Swain.

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

Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985. 223 p. and 251 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.

Production Note

'the fact that the editor and the artist are the same person is, probably a novel feature.' from 'To the Reader' introduction by W. Harry Rogers.

Materials

Laid paper; Ink

Techniques

Wood-engraving (process)

Categories

TITLES: Spiritual Conceits; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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