Blessed is (s)he that considereth ye poor / S [monogram] ; Swain sc.

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Frederic Shields
Blessed is (s)he that considereth ye poor / S [monogram] ; Swain sc.
[London : s.n., 1864?]
wood engraving touched with china white and yellow gouache
image: 92 x 103 mm; sheet: 212 x 276 mm
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Reproduced in: The illustrator and the book in England from 1790 to 1914 / Gordon N. Ray. New York ; London : Oxford Univ. Pr., 1976, p. 133.

Touched with white and yellow and annotated in pencil by the artist with instructions and corrections for the engraver: The neck to be made greyer-not quite so dark. This line wants bringing in twice & then the least bit shaved off downwards to prevent it looking round shouldered. The curtain will want lightening-so as to let the table legs tell darkest.


Title from wood engraved caption; additional title from publication: Mercy making garments.
Touched proof on India paper of a wood engraving by Swain after an illustration by Frederick J. Shields for his Illustrations to Bunyan's Pilgrims progress, London : Simpkin Marshall & Co., 1864.


Illustration shows a young woman seated at a table and sewing, an open book on the table in front of her and a cat curled up at her feet; at left, a child leads an elderly woman into the room through an open doorway behind a curtain.

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