This illustration, designed by Sandys, has been cut from a page in the journal 'Once a Week' (13 April, 1861, vol. 4, p. 434). It accompanied a poem entitled 'The Sailor's Bride' by Marian E. James. 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 1906P875.1). 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.
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