Arthur Boyd Houghton

My Treasure: Mrs A.B. Houghton and Two Children, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers

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Artist
Arthur Boyd Houghton 1836–1875
Medium
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 165 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs E.C. Davis 1926
Reference
N04161

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This illustration shows the artist’s wife playing ‘coach and horses’ with one of her children. It was included in a series ‘Touches of Nature’ for the sixpenny magazine Good Words. It illustrates a short poem by ‘RM’; the ‘treasure’ of the title is the ‘little babe upon my knees’.

Houghton was one of the most prolific Victorian illustrators, and a regular contributor to popular household magazines, such as Good Words and The Graphic. His illustrations are characterised by an extraordinary attention to detail which reflects the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Gallery label, July 2008

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