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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: I knocked him down with the stock of my piece.

Caption:
I knocked him down with the stock of my piece.
Artist:
Yeats, John Butler
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Author:
Defoe, Daniel
Title of Publication:
The life and strange, surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Publisher:
J.M. Dent and Co.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1895
Curator Comment:
This image is from the sixteen volume set of works by various authors that was put out by the London publisher, Dent, in 1895 under the series title 'Romances and Narratives', with illustrations throughout by John B. Yeats. The illustration depicts events in ch. 13 of the story, when Crusoe is in the twenty-fourth year of his marooning.
Note on artwork:
In a clearing in a forest, Robinson Crusoe, clad in animal skins, raises his rifle preparing to strike the hunching figure of the 'savage' he is about to capture and pacify as his servant and whom he names Friday. In the background another 'savage' escapes.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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