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Wood Engraving - Down Stream - Tailpiece to the Poem (This Year's first of May) - Published

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1912P45
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1870 - 1871

Maker Information

Artist:Ford Madox Brown - View biography for Ford Madox Brown
Engraver:C M Jenkin - View biography for C M Jenkin
Publisher:British and Colonial Publishing Company - View history


Ford Madox Brown made two illustrations for 'Downstream' a poem by Rossetti published in 1871 in the short-lived magazine 'The Dark Blue.' The poem tells the tale of a woman seduced and left pregnant by a man on the first of May. By the first of June the next year she has drowned herself and her baby in desperation. This is the more sedate tailpiece which depicts the poem's tragic ending. Although it lacks the vitality of the main illustration, Rossetti was pleased with it and told Brown, 'the little one is pretty too' (F. M. Hueffer, Ford Madox Brown: A Record of his Life and Works, p. 264).

Presented by Fairfax Murray, 1912.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Wood engraving on paper.

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Height:225 mm
Width:140 mm

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