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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)
Printer:
Camden Press (British, London)
Published in:
London
Date:
1864
Medium:
Illustrations: wood engraving
Dimensions:
10 3/16 x 8 3/16 x 1 5/8 in. (25.9 x 20.8 x 4.1 cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.69
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 into wood engravings, and to produce a book whose subtle beauty would match its moral appeal. The artist considered the process of illustrating each parable equal to the compositional complexities of a painting and took six years to complete twenty designs.
Recognizing the high quality of Millais's images, the Dalziels meticulously followed his exacting instructions and published the set in this 1864 volume (twelve of the prints had appeared serially between 1862–63 in "Good Words," "Once a Week," and "The Cornhill Magazine"). The Dalziels considered the prints among their best work and they demonstrate Millais's genius as an illustrator, even though the book was not a commercial success.
The volume includes a half-title, title page, leaves (i-v); leaves 1-48 including 20 interleaved woodcuts, one leaf of advertisements, gilt page edges, and a binding of red cloth over boards, with gold stamping.
Vendor: Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. (London)
Goldman 25 (i-xx)
Gleeson White English illustration: "the sixties": 1855-70. Archibald Constable & Co., London, 1903, pp. 48-49.

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.

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.

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



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