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Print - Illustration for 'Once a Week'
  • Illustration for 'Once a Week'
    Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909
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Illustration for 'Once a Week'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1859-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 108

Physical description

Wood engraving for the periodical 'Once a Week'. No titles.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1859-1880 (made)


Swain, Joseph, born 1820 - died 1909 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving

Descriptive line

Wood engraving for the periodical 'Once a Week', engraved by Joseph Swain (after various artists). Great Britain, ca. 1859-1880.

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

The following excerpt is taken from the Dictionary of National Biography:

'In 1843 he was appointed manager of the engraving department of 'Punch,' but in the following year set up in business for himself, retaining the whole of the engraving for 'Punch' from 1844 until 1900. His name is best known from his wood-engravings of 'Punch' cartoons by Sir John Tenniel. Nearly all the illustrations in the 'Cornhill Magazine' were engraved by him, and he also worked largely for other periodicals such as 'Once a Week,' 'Good Words,' the 'Argosy,' and for the publications of the Religious Tract Society and the Baptist Missionary Society. He was one of the most prolific wood-engravers of the nineteenth century, engraving very largely after Fred Walker, J. E. Millais, Frederick Sandys, Richard Doyle, R. Ansdell, F. Barnard, and practically all famous illustrators from 1860 onwards. His own work is not always signed, and the signature 'Swain sc' must be taken to include the engraving of assistants working for the firm. In the latter part of the nineteenth century his wood-engravings were more generally printed from electrotypes, but those done for 'Punch' were invariably printed from the original wood-blocks. He died at Ealing on 25 Feb. 1909.'




Wood engraving




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