After Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)
Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Routledge, Warne & Routledge (London)
Camden Press (British, London)
Illustrations: wood engraving
10 3/16 x 8 3/16 x 1 5/8 in. (25.9 x 20.8 x 4.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
In 1857 Millais agreed to provide the Dalziel brothers with a series of drawings to illustrate "The Parables of Our Lord," a book whose moral appeal was to be supported by the beauty of its illustrations. The resulting prints first appeared in the periodicals "Good Words," "Once a Week," and "The Cornhill Magazine" during 1862–63, and the Dalziels meticulously followed the artist's exacting instructions to produce the series of wood engravings that they considered amongst their finest work. According to Millais's letters, he created numerous drafts of each image and considered the process of illustrating the "Parables" equal to the compositional complexities of executing a painting. This volume includes a half-title, title page, leaves (i)-(v); leaves 1-48 including 20 interleaved woodcuts, one leaf of advertisements, with a binding of red cloth over boards, the title gold-stamped title on the front and back covers and spine, with gilt page edges.
Vendor: Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (London)
Gleeson White English illustration: "the sixties": 1855-70. Archibald Constable & Co., 1903, pp. 48-49.
Gregory R. Suriano The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators: The Published Graphic Art of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates. Oak Knoll Press, 2000, pp. 153-54.