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  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1840-1859 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    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:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Proof illustration for a thimble with an inscription around its base on a small, rectangular sheet of paper.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


1840-1859 (designed)


Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873 (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

wood-engraving on laid paper


Height: 8.3 cm, Width: 5.9 cm

Object history note

This wood-engraving is from a folder on which is the inscription 'Designs for Art Manufactures W.H.R. & 6 Roundels' in the WH Rogers Archive.

Historical significance: This print is 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 illustration, of a thimble, for a magazine by WH Rogers

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

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.
Engen, Rodney K. 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers'. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1985, 223 p. ISBN 0859641392


Laid paper; Ink




NEEDLEWORK Accessories; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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