the brothers dalziel

My God, my God, have mercy on my sin,
For it is great; and if I should begin
To tell it all, the day would be too small
To tell it in.
My God, Thou wilt have mercy on my sin
For Thy Love’s sake: yea, if I should begin
To tell Thee all, the day would be too small
To tell it in. - Ash Wednesday, Christina Rossetti

The Prodigal Son, published 1864, John Everett Millais & engraved by The Dalziel Brothers

“Black kitten. From “Through the Looking-Glass,” 1871. Drawn by John Tenniel; engraved by Dalziel Brothers” from The Library by Andrew Lang with a chapter on Modern English illustrated books by Austin Dobson. London: Macmillan & Co., 1881.

Sir John Gilbert RA (21 July 1817 – 5 October 1897) 

English artist, illustrator and engraver.

From our stacks: Illustration from The Salamandrine. By Charles Mackay. With Illustrations, Drawn by John Gilbert; Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. London: Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853.


Alice in Wonderland’s engravings

In 1863, Lewis Carroll decided to employ a professional artist to visualise Alice. He hired John Tenniel, who approached the Dalziel brothers to engrave his designs on wood. Carroll was new to the world of commercial publishing, whereas Tenniel and the Dalziels had vast experience. When the engraving began in 1864, Carroll was 32, more than a decade younger than his collaborators. But Carroll knew his mind and was footing the bill. The illustrations for Wonderland cost around £280, vastly more than Carroll could have expected to recover

Happy Birthday Sir John Tenniel! (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914)

English illustrator, graphic humourist, and political cartoonist prominent in the second half of the 19th century. He was knighted for his artistic achievements in 1893. Tenniel is remembered especially as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years, and for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Illustration “The Sleeping Genie and the Lady. From “Dalziel’s Arabian Nights.” By Sir John Tenniel. By permission of Messrs. Ward, Lock & Co.” from The Brothers Dalziel. A Record of Fifty Years Work in Conjunction with Many of the Most Distinguished Artists of the Period 1840-1890. With Selected Pictures By, and Autograph Letters from Lord Leighton, P.R.A., Sir J.E. Millais, Bart., P.R.A., Sir E.J. Poynter, P.R.A., Holman Hunt, Dante G. Rossetti, Sir John Tenniel, Sir E. Burne-Jones, Bart., John Ruskin, and many others. London: Methuen and Co., 1901.


The Wise and Foolish Virgins

The Wise Virgins, J.E Millais

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, c.1803-1805, William Blake

The Foolish Virgins, J.E Millais

Both pieces by John Everett Millais are illustrations to ‘The Parables of Our Lord’, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers and published in 1864

“He saw, in the wreaths she would playfully snatch
From the hedges, a glory his crown could not match,
And preferr’d in his heart the least ringlet that curl’d
Down her exquisite neck to the throne of the world.”

Wood engraving by the Dalziel brothers, from artwork by John Tenniel for the book, Lalla Rookh: An Oriental Romance, 1861.

Illustration by G. J. Pinwell, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. From Dalziel’s Illustrated Goldsmith. London: Ward, Lock and Co, 1865.

“We desired to have something in a brighter style, and, after many debates, at length came to an unanimous resolution of being drawn together in one large historical family-piece. This would be cheaper, since one frame would serve for all, and it would be infinitely more genteel; for all families of any taste were now drawn in the same manner. As we did not immediately recollect an historical subject to hit us, we were contented each with being drawn as independent historical figures…”

Love in Death (for “Good Words”)
Artist: Dalziel Brothers (British, active 1839–1893)
Artist: After Frederick Walker (British, London 1840–1875 Perthshire, Scotland)
Date: March 1862
Medium: Wood engraving on chine volant; proof

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