An almost finished design for the wood engraving illustrating George Wither's poem 'Life' Journey' in Robert Aris Willmott's anthology 'Sacred Poetry' (1863, p. 66). The poem is an allegory likeing 'the poet'd passage through life to the exploratory wanderings of a child' (Betty Elzea, 'Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné,' p. 205). In Sandys's illustration a boy, investigating a bird's nest, has fallen out of a tree but is helped by his father.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society
339 New Gallery, London 1893 - 1893
Winter exhibition
279c Royal Academy of Arts, London 1905 - 1905
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904
247 Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 1974-05-04 - 1974-07-14
247 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1974 - 1974


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Pall Mall Magazine
November 1898 vol. 16 p. 338.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby p.383
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service no. 2.B.21, pp. 204-05.


James Anderson Rose, sold at his death, Christie's 5 May 1891 (lot 3 or 4), bt Charles Fairfax Murray.

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Name Type
George Wither Verse by
Reverend Robert Aris Willmott Associated with

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