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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: I struck forward against the return of the waves.

Caption:
I struck forward against the return of the waves.
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. 3 of the story, when Crusoe begins his long period of marooning.
Note on artwork:
A desolate man emerges from the sea, his head in his hands. Behind him a wave breaks against a concealed rock and on the horizon the ship from which he has escaped lies aground and lists dangerously. The man is Robinson Crusoe and he has been washed up on the island where he is to be marooned for twenty-eight years.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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