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Pen and Ink Drawing - Life's Journey-Finished Design

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P847
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1861 - 1862

Maker Information

Artist:Frederick Sandys - View biography for Frederick Sandys


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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pen and ink on paper.

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Height:138 mm
Width:113 mm