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The Lost Piece of Silver (The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ)

Artist:
After Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)
Engraver:
Engraved and printed by Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Date:
1864
Medium:
Wood engraving; proof on India paper
Dimensions:
image: 5 1/2 x 4 5/16 in. (13.9 x 10.9 cm) sheet: 7 5/16 x 6 1/16 in. (18.6 x 15.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.68.4(15)
Not on view
When Millais’s twenty Parables appeared in 1864, they were considered a tour de force, praised in the press and published in a range of formats. Contemporaries admired their poetic, thoughtful earnestness and recognized how distinct they were from most religious art. Millais made preparatory studies for the prints that he transferred to wood blocks covered with a thin layer of "Chinese" white. Skilled engravers employed burins and gravers to carve the images, and Millais was given the proofs to adjust before the final printing.
Vendor: Francis Edwards
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 29, 2014–July 14, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design," May 20–October 26, 2014.

Gleeson White English illustration: "the sixties": 1855-70. Archibald Constable & Co., 1903, cat. no. 119.

Rodney K. Engen Pre-Raphaelite Prints: The Graphic Art of Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and their Followers. Lund Humphries, 1995, fig. no. 37, p. 63, ill.

Allen Staley The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print: etching, illustration, reproductive engraving, and photography in England in and around the 1860s. Ex. cat., Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. New York, 1995, cat. no. 38, pp. 75-6.

Gregory R. Suriano The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators: The Published Graphic Art of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates. Oak Knoll Press, 2000, pp. 144-5, 150, ill.



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