This is a page from the journal 'Once a Week' (13 April, 1861, vol. 4, p. 434) which includes Sandys illustration 'The Sailor's Bride.' The illustration was commissioned to accompany a poem of the same name by Marian E. James, reproduced on both sides of this page. Sandys was not pleased with the initial proofs of the illustration engraved by W. H. Hooper and demanded that his design be re-engraved by Joseph Swain. This is one of two versions of the final engraving by Swain in the Birmingham collection (see also 1906P875.2). The collection also holds two of the proofs by Hooper (1906P875.3 and 1906P875.4). Comparing these reveals the two engraver's different approaches to translating Sandys's design in wood: Hooper keeps the thin, more subtle lines drawn by Sandys, producing a greyer image in which the head of the grieving man is almost lost in shadow, Swain is bolder, including thicker lines, more flat blocks of white and creating a brighter image with a greater contrast of black and white.

  • Purchased, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
After Frederick Sandys -
Engraver Joseph Swain -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
AFS [monogram] / SWAIN. Sc
Signature bottom right Printed - This is a page from 'Once a Week.' The illustration accompanies the poem and is on the same page as an article on wages


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
13 April 1861 - vol. 4, p. 434
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.377
Frederick Sandys 1829-1904: A Catalogue Raisonné
Betty Elzea 2001 Antique Collectors' Club in association with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service p. 201


Likely to have been acquired by Charles Fairfax Murray, though 1939 catalogue says,'possibly not'.

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Marian E James Author

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