This wood-engraved illustration, executed by Joseph Swain, depicts Margaret Wilson, the religious martyr who, in the seventeenth century, was executed by drowning. The illustration appeared in the periodical 'Once a Week' (5 July 1862, p. 42).

  • Accessioned, 1978.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -
Engraver Joseph Swain -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
SWAIN Sc / monogram / MARGARET WILSON / See Lord Macaulay's History of England, vol. i., page 501. Margaret Wilson's epitaph, from Wodrow, in the Churchyard of Wigton, is as follows: / Murdered for owning Christ supreme... / She suffered for Christ Jesu's sake.
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Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
Harriet Martineau 1862-06-05 Bradbury and Evans, London p. 42
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot B161


James Richardson Holliday; bequeathed to City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1927; Accessioned, 1978.

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