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The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Artist:
After Sir John Everett Millais (British, Southampton 1829–1896 London)
Engraver:
Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Publisher:
Routledge, Warne & Routledge (London)
Date:
1864
Medium:
Illustrations: wood engraving
Dimensions:
22 13/16 x 16 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. (58 x 42.5 x 8cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.582
Not on view
In 1857, Millais agreed to provide the Dalziel Brothers with thirty drawings illustrating the New Testament "Parables of Our Lord." The leading London firm planned to transform these designs into wood engravings, and to produce a book whose subtle and beautifully designed imagery matched its moral appeal. The artist took six years to complete twenty designs and considered the process of illustrating each parable equal to the compositional complexities of a painting.
Recognizing the high quality of the resulting images, the Dalziels meticulously followed Millais's exacting instructions and published the set in this 1864 volume (twelve had appeared serially between 1862–63 in the periodicals "Good Words," "Once a Week," and "The Cornhill Magazine"). The Dalziels considered the prints among their best work and, although the volume was not a commercial success, it demonstrated Millais's genius as an illustrator.
This volume includes a half-title, title page, leaves (i-iv); leaves 1-47 including 20 interleaved woodcuts, leaf with printer's mark, gilt page edges, and a binding of elaborately gold-tooled red leather.
Vendor: Elkin Mathews, Ltd. (British)
Goldman 25 (i-xx)
Gordon Norton Ray, Thomas V. Lange, Charles V. Passela The illustrator and the book in England from 1790 to 1914. Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, pp. 103-106.

Simon Houfe The Dictionary of 19th century British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists. Antique Collectors' Club , Woodbridge, Suffolk, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996, pp. 95-97, 117, 390-391.

Paul Goldman Beyond Decoration: The Illustrations of John Everett Millais. London, 2005, Book Illustrations, 25 (i-xx); Periodical Illustrations: 5, Good Words (xv), pp. 13, 16, 19, 25, 33, 44, 56, 141-60, ill.

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