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Phillip Medhurst presents Dalziels Bible Gallery wood-engravings 06-07/68 Abram Instructing Sarah – Abram Parting from Lot

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From a design by Thomas Dalziel (British 1823–1906) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 68 wood-engraved illustrations of subjects from the Old Testament after various artists. Printed on india paper pasted down on larger sheets. Engraver: Dalziel Brothers. Publisher: George Routledge & Sons London. Printer: Camden Press London. 1881.

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Phillip Medhurst presents Dalziels Bible Gallery wood-engraving 05/68 Noah’s Sacrifice

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From a design by George Frederic Watts (British 1817-1904) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 68 wood-engraved illustrations of subjects from the Old Testament after various artists. Printed on india paper pasted down on larger sheets. Engraver: Dalziel Brothers. Publisher: George Routledge & Sons London. Printer: Camden Press London. 1881.

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Phillip Medhurst presents Dalziels Bible Gallery wood-engravings 03-04/68 The Deluge – The Ark on the Waters

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From a design by Thomas Dalziel (British 1823–1906) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 68 wood-engraved illustrations of subjects from the Old Testament after various artists. Printed on india paper pasted down on larger sheets. Engraver: Dalziel Brothers. Publisher: George Routledge & Sons London. Printer: Camden Press London. 1881. 

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Phillip Medhurst presents Dalziels Bible Gallery wood-engraving 02/68 Noah Building the Ark

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From a design by George Frederic Watts (British 1817-1904) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 68 wood-engraved illustrations of subjects from the Old Testament after various artists. Printed on india paper pasted down on larger sheets. Engraver: Dalziel Brothers. Publisher: George Routledge & Sons London. Printer: Camden Press London. 1881.

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Phillip Medhurst presents Dalziels Bible Gallery wood-engraving 01/68 Cain and Abel

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From a design by Frederic, Lord Leighton (British 1830-1896) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 68 wood-engraved illustrations of subjects from the Old Testament after various artists. Printed on india paper pasted down on larger sheets. Engraver: Dalziel Brothers. Publisher: George Routledge & Sons London. Printer: Camden Press London. 1881.

Dalziel & Co. were a firm of engravers founded in 1839 by George Dalziel (1815-1902) and his brother Edward Dalziel (1817-1905). From the 1850s they were suppliers of wood-engraved images to the publishing industry. In 1863 they approached various artists to produce designs for an illustrated Bible. However, the Dalziels were unable to get their project published by George Routledge & Sons until 1881. By this time the idea of an illustrated Bible had been dropped and it was compiled as a “Gallery” aimed at the higher end of the market, with engravings taken from the original blocks rather than electrotypes.

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Phillip Medhurst presents designs for Genesis by Burne-Jones 25/25 the murder of Abel

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From “The beginning of the world; twenty-five pictures by Edward Coley Burne-Jones” (British, 1833-1898). The unfinished designs were completed by Stephen Catterson-Smith (Irish, 1849-1912). Publisher: Longmans, Green & co. London. Printed by the Chiswick Press in black on white on hand-made paper with relevant extracts from the Book of Genesis. 1902.
Preface by Burne-Jones’s widow Georgiana: “The designs in this book were made for an illustrated edition of Mr. Mackail’s ‘Biblia Innocentium,’ * which was to have been produced by the Kelmscott Press and to have contained upwards of two hundred pictures. Many of these were begun, but none quite finished. The twenty-five designs here given were so far carried out that, with the help of Mr. Catterson-Smith, it has been possible to complete and reproduce them. It was he who, under my husband’s own eye, translated almost all the designs for the Kelmscott Chaucer from pencil into ink before they were engraved, and in so doing he learnt most intimately the manner and meaning of the artist. Accordingly, the conventions agreed upon for certain parts of the Chaucer drawings — as in sky, trees, and flowers — have been used here, and the colour tradition of black and white then taught has been followed. Where the pictures were finished, they have been exactly reproduced, and where, as in some parts, little more than a suggestion was given, the skill and sympathy of the pupil have understood it and made it visible to others. Any resulting incompletion of form and detail has been accepted as inevitable, but the spirit of the whole is rendered with extraordinary fidelity.”

* “Biblia Innocentium: being the story of God’s chosen people before the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ upon Earth, written anew for children by J.W. Mackail.” John William Mackail (1859-1945). Published 1892 by the Kelmscott Press.

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Phillip Medhurst presents designs for Genesis by Burne-Jones 24/25 Abel

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From “The beginning of the world; twenty-five pictures by Edward Coley Burne-Jones” (British, 1833-1898). The unfinished designs were completed by Stephen Catterson-Smith (Irish, 1849-1912). Publisher: Longmans, Green & co. London. Printed by the Chiswick Press in black on white on hand-made paper with relevant extracts from the Book of Genesis. 1902.

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Phillip Medhurst presents designs for Genesis by Burne-Jones 23/25 Cain

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From “The beginning of the world; twenty-five pictures by Edward Coley Burne-Jones” (British, 1833-1898). The unfinished designs were completed by Stephen Catterson-Smith (Irish, 1849-1912). Publisher: Longmans, Green & co. London. Printed by the Chiswick Press in black on white on hand-made paper with relevant extracts from the Book of Genesis. 1902.

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Phillip Medhurst presents designs for Genesis by Burne-Jones 22/25 the first family

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From “The beginning of the world; twenty-five pictures by Edward Coley Burne-Jones” (British, 1833-1898). The unfinished designs were completed by Stephen Catterson-Smith (Irish, 1849-1912). Publisher: Longmans, Green & co. London. Printed by the Chiswick Press in black on white on hand-made paper with relevant extracts from the Book of Genesis. 1902.

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Phillip Medhurst presents designs for Genesis by Burne-Jones 21/25 Adam and Eve barred from Eden

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From “The beginning of the world; twenty-five pictures by Edward Coley Burne-Jones” (British, 1833-1898). The unfinished designs were completed by Stephen Catterson-Smith (Irish, 1849-1912). Publisher: Longmans, Green & co. London. Printed by the Chiswick Press in black on white on hand-made paper with relevant extracts from the Book of Genesis. 1902.