From a design by Frederic, Lord Leighton (British 1830-1896) in “Dalziel’s Bible Gallery” – 69 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.