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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Elijah fed by ravens

Title of artwork:
Elijah fed by ravens
Artist:
Walker, Francis S.
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Engraver:
Dalziel Brothers
Author:
Dalziel Brothers
Title of Publication:
Dalziels' Bible gallery: illustrations from the Old Testament
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1881
Curator Comment:
‘Dalziels' Bible Gallery’ was published in 1881, in an edition of 1000, by the firm of wood-engravers the Dalziel Brothers. The large scale luxury volume was illustrated by leading British artists of the day including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Frederick Leighton, Frederick Sandys and, the Royal Hibernian Academician, Francis S Walker. The artists provided original designs which were then engraved on wood by the Dalziel Brothers. The involvement of such high profile artists is indicative of the regard for illustration, at that time, as an art-form.
Note on artwork:
F.S. Walker’s inclusion in the ‘Dalziel Bible Gallery’ volume indicates the growing reputation of the Meath-born artist as an illustrator in London. Walker was one of a number of Irish artists, including Daniel Maclise, who had worked with the Dalziel firm of engravers. As in the other examples included in the publication, Walker adheres closely to the text. In a highly descriptive approach, the bleak monumentality of the setting is emphasised, whilst Elijah is provided for, spiritually and physically, by God.


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