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  • Design
    Rogers, William Harry, born 1825 - died 1873
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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1847-1871 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on 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

Design for a book cover with shield shape and foliate pattern, in pen and ink on paper stuck into an album of designs for walking stick and door handles, cutlery, glass vessels, stained glass, book covers and clasps.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1847-1871 (designed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Monogram; bottom of design; ink

'W Harry Rogers / Wimbledon'
Signature; bottom right of paper; ink

Textual information; bottom left of paper; ink


Height: 16.6 cm, Width: 14.8 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

Design for a book caver with shield shape and foliation, by William Harry Rogers, pen and ink, Great Britain, 1847-1871

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


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Foliation pattern; Shield


Designs; Books


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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