Information

This is the finished design for the wood engraving which accompanied 'The Portent,' a story by George Macdonald in the 'Cornhill Magazine' (vol. 1, opposite, p. 617, May 1860). This was the artist's first published illustration and according to Betty Elzea he was 'paid 40 guineas for it, which at the time was a very high fee' ('Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 200). In the bottom left hand corner some of the grid lines used by Sandys to transfer the design to the woodblock can still be seen.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Loan Collection of Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
85 National Gallery of British Art (now Tate Britain, London) 1911-12 - 1912-03
 
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
206 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-07 - 1974-07-14
206 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Loan Collection of Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
1911 National Gallery of British Art, London p. 20
 
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby p.375
 
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service), Woodbridge No. 2.B.1, p. 200.

Provenance

W.H.Clabburn, sold at his death by Spelman's, Norwich, 25 September 1889 (lot 144 for 30s), Withers and Withers, vendors at Christie's 20 November 1897, lot 52 (titled 'The Rescue'), bought by Barclay for Charles Fairfax Murray for £5.15.6.

Associated people

Name Type
George Macdonald Author

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