This is an illustration to the poem 'The King at the Gate' by Walter Thornbury published in 'Once a Week,' 1862 (15 March, p. 322). It was engraved by Joseph Swain, one of the leading wood-engravers in the 1860s. The poem and the illustration were republished in 1876 by Thornbury in his anthology 'Historical and Legendary Ballands and Songs.'

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


Association Artist Organisation
After Frederick Sandys -
Engraver - Dalziel Brothers


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
AFS [monogram] / SWAIN.
Signature body Printed 1862 c


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
English Illustration: The Sixties 1855-70
Gleeson White 1897, reprinted 1970 Kingsmead Reprints, Bath p. 29
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Derby: Bemrose & Sons Ltd. p.379
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonne
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service p.209


James Anderson Rose, acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray probably from Christie'e sale 5 May 1891, 1895, acquired by J R Holliday.

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